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Monsoon is here, early
200.4 mm of rainfall recorded in city this month, likely to break record
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
After four days of pre-monsoon showers, the monsoon finally arrived in the city today. The city had recorded 58.5 mm of rainfall till 8 am today followed by another 18.2 mm of rainfall till 2.30 pm. The quantum of rainfall in June so far has has touched 200.4 mm and is expected to break the record of the previous years in the days to come.

Surinder Pal, Regional Met Director, said this year the monsoon had arrived at least two weeks in advance as compared to last year. "This happened after the southwest monsoon further advanced into the remaining parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Punjab today," he said.

He said last year the city had received just 6.2 mm of rainfall in June as the monsoon arrived late. This year, both the intensity and frequency of the rainfall was looking good and the whole region was expected to get good showers in the days to come.

He said more rain would occur in the city during the next 36 hours. "While the intensity of the rain is likely to decrease thereafter, the wet spell is here to stay for quite some time," he said.

Residents continued to heave a sigh of relief as the day temperature remained below normal throughout the day today even though the rain stopped after 3 pm. The city recorded a maximum temperature of 28°C, 10°C below normal.



Water level of Sukhna Lake goes up by 2 ft
Tribune News Service

The water level of the Sukhna Lake touched 1,157 ft on Sunday
The water level of the Sukhna Lake touched 1,157 ft on Sunday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, June 16
The rain during the past four days has resulted in an increase in the water level of the Sukhna Lake by 2 ft. The water level has increased from 1,155 ft to 1,157 ft, said an official of the Engineering Department, who monitors the water level twice daily.

Attributing the increase in the water level to the rainfall in the catchment area of the lake, the official said once the water level touched 1,163 ft, the floodgates had to be opened.

After almost drying up in the peak of summer, the water level of the Sukhna Lake had touched the 1,161-ft mark last year during the monsoon.

Meanwhile, the increased water level and clear weather after rain resulted in a large number of weekend revellers thronging the Sukhna Lake to enjoy boating. Heated arguments were witnessed between visitors and CITCO employees as there was a huge rush of those wanting to hire a boat.

"They should have deputed adequate staff and counters to handle the rush," said Ramesh, who had come from Ludhiana.

CITCO officials said due to rain over the past four days, they were not expecting such a huge rush.

People had to wait for over two hours to enjoy boating.



Sucha Singh remembered by colleagues for his conduct
Leaders back demand for job to his son in Police Dept
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
People from all walks of life, including police officials and political leaders from different parties, attended the bhog ceremony of Inspector Sucha Singh, who was stabbed to death on the night of June 7. The ceremony was held at a gurdwara in Sector 19.

A demand for offering the job of an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) in the Chandigarh Police to the victim's son was also raised, which was supported by leaders.

A large number of people, including the victim's friends and colleagues, attended the ceremony.

His colleagues remembered Sucha Singh as a kind-hearted man and officer with a good conduct, who was loved by everyone.

Addressing people at the ceremony, DIG Alok Kumar said he knew Inspector Sucha Singh for a long time and all these years Sucha Singh never asked him for any particular posting or other favours. “His conduct was very good and he was appreciated by everyone,” the DIG said.

However, the DIG did not say anything about offering of a job to the Sucha Singh's

son Prince Singh in the Police Department.

Among those present at the ceremony were UT Adviser KK Sharma, local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal, BJP leaders Satya Pal Jain, Sanjay Tandon and Harmon Dhawan. City Mayor Subhash Chawla, while addressing the gathering, said the issue of offering a job to Sucha Singh's son in the Police Department should have been raised by the UT Administration. “The Administration should have taken a decision ragarding offering a job to Sucha Singh’s son,” Chawla said.



OPEN HOUSE response
Cop’s murder brings forth lacunae in policing

Inspector Sucha Singh's gruesome murder has brought to the fore some of the lacunae in policing. It should be made mandatory for all the Inspectors, particularly those performing night duty, to carry arms. Besides, a gunman should be put on duty along with the driver on a PCR petrol vehicle. Any suspect, when apprehended, must be thoroughly frisked before he is taken to a police station for interrogation.

SC Luthra, MHC, Mani Majra

Quick response teams

To deal with emergency situations, the police should have quick response teams. The PCR has a major role to play in such situations, so patrolling should be more intensive. The personnel manning the PCR vehicles should be armed and they should have more powers to take appropriate action in emergency situations.

Anand, IPS officer, MHC, Mani Majra

A matter of shame

It is really a matter of utter shame and concern that the "kind hearted" Inspector Sucha Singh was not given any security cover even during night patrolling. It is more shameful to learn that even the armed policeman present on the district courts premises did not come to the rescue of the deceased Inspector and instead ran away to "save his own life".

This is really a matter of disgrace for the Chandigarh Police. The policeman, who was on duty at the district courts that night, should be taken to task. Had he acted with courage and tackled the murderer, Sucha Singh would have been alive today. Contrary to the slogan of the Chandigarh Police, "We Care for You", the Chandigarh Police had failed to protect its own officer.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Poor preparedness

The incident has exposed the level of preparedness of the UT Police to deal with such situations. This has raised concern over the status of safety and security of the people of Chandigarh. There is an urgent need to take steps to improve policing. The inspector was without his service weapon.

Slow response from the police to the distress call made by the injured home guards volunteer proved fatal for Sucha Singh. Moreover, had the constable, who was on duty at the old district courts complex, reacted swiftly, things would have been different as claimed by the home guards volunteer who was injured in the attack. The accused escaped under the nose of the UT police due to a lack of coordination.

Vidya Sagar Garg, Panchkula

Police officers should be well-equipped

To deal with such situations, the whole Police Department should remain alert and cooperate with each other. The police officers on duty should be well-equipped and should carry their service weapons while on duty. The PCR officers and their subordinates should be alert enough to attend to emergency calls and act swiftly. Such steps, if followed, would definitely help in bringing down the rate of heinous crimes.

Priya Darsh Growar, Mohali

Erring officers should be dealt with strictly

Negligence shown by the sector 17 police station staff when the Home Guards volunteer, Jatinder Singh, made a distress call speaks volume of the state of affairs in the UT Police. The erring officers should be immediately chargesheeted and a vigilance enquiry should be marked against them.

The MP, Pawan Kumar Bansal, should take up with the Inspector-General of Police the issue of deputing two patrolling parties in each sector and colony. While one party will patrol clockwise, the other will move anti-clockwise in their respective area.

The SHOs do not conduct community group meetings. Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi used to supervise night patrolling but today everyone prefers to take a rest in his air-conditioned rooms. People have lost faith in the police and criminals have no fear of it.

Anshu Chawla, Chandigarh

Deploy armed policemen on 'nakas'

The gruesome murder of Inspector Sucha Singh at a place, which is barely meters away from the sector 17 police station, and the stabbing of the PCR vehicle driver, Jatinder Singh, by a suspended policeman of the UT police, Basant Singh, aka Bunty, has opened a Pandora's box of troubles for the Chandigarh Police. The dastardly murder of the cop has not only exposed deeper chinks in the functioning of the force but has also falsified the police top brass' rhetoric of having put in place a state-of-the-art mechanism to curb crime in the city.

One wonders how the killer cop and his paramour managed to flee in the police vehicle covering a fairly good distance from the crime scene to Dhanas. It appears more like a typical Bollywood film scene.

To curb the increasing incidents of crime in the city, the police top brass needs to go for a quick revamp of the force in letter and in spirit. 'Nakas' and other vantage exit and entry check points must be manned by armed personnel and the PCR vehicles must be asked to report to the control room their place of location every now and then.

Ramesh K Dhiman, Chandigarh

Speedy punishment

The gruesome murder needs to be condemned in the strongest possible words by one and all. It is unfortunate that when the police officials are being brutally attacked, our protests against such heinous crimes are more perfunctory and less vociferous. Every effort should be made to raise strong protests to isolate such criminals so that they are given a speedy punishment and justice is provided to the aggrieved persons.

NP Manocha, Chandigarh

PCR staff acted with sheer callousness

The local police acted with sheer callousness and ineffectively to save the precious life of their own Inspector. During the 10-minute struggle, the killer policeman repeatedly stabbed both the Inspector and the Home Guards volunteer. In between, the police control room was contacted four times but the PCR help came after the accused had fled the scene with the police vehicle.

The way the accused escaped from the crime scene, which is just 60 metres from the Sector 17 police station, in a police vehicle and the failure of the police to trace them speak volumes of the inefficiency of the police force.

Puran Kant, Chandigarh

Ensure safety of cops

There have been several instances in the city where police personnel have been slapped, abused or dragged by rash drivers. While a majority of such cases involve traffic police personnel, the personnel of the other wings are also not entirely safe. There is a need for taking steps to ensure safety of police personnel.

Dr Shruti K Chawla, Chandigarh

Need to improve police efficiency

The Chandigarh Administration must introduce a slew of measures to strengthen the police force. It needs to improve its efficiency in order to protect the public. The shortage of staff causes tremendous hardships to police officials while coping with increasing work. They have to work for extra hours. They have no fixed hours for meals, time to relax and have to be away from their families for long, which cause stress and affect their health. Inspector Bakshish Singh had died of heart attack.

Ajit Singh, Canada


Poor infrastructure and the failure of the authorities to upgrade the power sub-stations have resulted in frequent power cuts. The failure of the UT Administration to initiate power sector reforms has added to the power problem. What needs to be done to improve the quality of power supply in the city? Write your suggestions to openhouse@tribunemail.com



Liver recipient’s family wants to promote organ donation
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Having benefited from a liver transplant, the Gupta family wants to promote organ donation
Having benefited from a liver transplant, the Gupta family wants to promote organ donation. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh, June 16
Oblivious of his priceless contribution, while an anonymous liver donor left the world, it is the recipient of his liver, who, without knowing the donor's exact identity, worships him every day for gifting him a new lease of life.

“I do not know the donor as doctors always safeguarded his identity, but all I know is that while a large number of patients often die while waiting for a donor in case of organ failure, I was fortunate to have found a liver donor. I am indebted not only to that person but also his entire family which understood the importance of organ donation and gave its consent for it,” said Anil Gupta, who underwent a successful liver transplant at the PGI last year and is now leading a healthy life.

Despite being completely non-alcoholic (alcohol is a common cause of liver problems), 56-year-old Gupta suffered from liver cirrhosis. He was diagnosed with the disease four years ago and soon he became dependant on fluids for survival.

“When doctors told us about his end-stage liver

disease (cirrhosis), our life came to a standstill. For days together, we kept wondering that despite being so particular about his eating habits and fitness regimen, how could he develop such a severe ailment. It was then that we understood the importance of liver donation. His transplant has changed the lives of everyone in our family,” said Shalini Gupta, his wife.

While Shalini has already pledged for organ donation at Lamp of Life, the online registration group of the PGI, she has motivated numerous other people she knows in Shimla, their native place.

Despite a need for regular organ donation, the awareness level among people is low. “Ever since my father underwent the transplant, I have been discussing the importance of organ donation with my folks. While a majority of them said they had heard of it for the first time, there were a few who said families of most brain dead patients were reluctant in giving their consent for organ donation,” said Gupta’s daughter Parina (20), an economics student.

Though the number of persons who have pledged to donate their organs at the PGI has picked up in the past few months, there is need for improving the awareness level, say experts.

“There cannot be a greater contribution to society than donating an organ to a needy patient who otherwise would die. By donating his organs, the donor, who is dying, gets another life in the form of the recipient. He lives the rest of his life through the body of the recipient. Every responsible citizen must realise this and come forward for organ donation,” said Dr Dhiman, Professor of Hepatology at the PGI.

Over 200 people have pledged to donate their organs on the website www.lampoflife.com, which was launched by the institute in October last year. The Department of Hepatology has conducted six liver transplants so far.



City’s shame: 2nd to Delhi among UTs in crime against women
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
When it comes to crime against women, Chandigarh has the second highest number of cases registered under the IPC in 2012 among the seven Union Territories in the country. According to the latest report released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), Delhi leads the chart among the UTs with 5,959 cases of crime against women registered in 2012 followed by Chandigarh with 241 cases.

The report has exposed the tall claims made by the Chandigarh Police regarding having taken various steps of ensure the security of women in the city.

Of the 241 cases registered at different police stations in the city, 73 pertain to cruelty by the husband or his relatives, 66 cases are of kidnapping and abduction, 45 cases of assault on women with an intention to outrage their modesty, 27 cases of rape, 25 cases of sexual harassment and five cases of dowry deaths.

The NCRB report states that in the 27 cases of rape registered in the city, 26 victims were below the age of 30 years. Among them while eight victims were under the age of 10 years, seven were in the age group of 10 to 14 years, three in the age group of 14 to 18 years and eight victims in the age group of 18 to 30 years.

The statistics reveal that 16 victims were raped by their neighbours, six women were raped by their relatives, four were raped by close family members and one was raped by a person known to the victim.

Till June 13 this year, 20 cases of rape, 85 cases of kidnapping and abduction, 18 cases of sexual harassment and 40 cases of cruelty by husband or his relatives have been registered in the city.



Bansal holds first party meeting after railgate
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
In the first party meeting after the railway bribery scam, the former Union Railways Minister today exhorted the party workers to propagate the works done by the party and speedup the enrolment drive.

Addressing a meeting at the Congress Bhavan in Sector 35, he accused the BJP of derailing the progress of the country. He later addressed the first public rally at Mani Majra.

Earlier, he met a delegation of the Residents Welfare Association of Sector 50 and accepted a memorandum from them. The association has highlighted the demands of the residents of cooperative house building societies of Sector 48, 49, 50 and 51.

The delegation has sought a separate police station should be set for these sectors and police patrolling stepped up.


Rain a leveller, exposes civic body’s tall claims
Tribune News Service

A view of Trishakti Mandir at Sector 49 in Chandigarh
A view of Trishakti Mandir at Sector 49 in Chandigarh;
A fire tender being used to pump out rainwater from the premises of the mandir
A fire tender being used to pump out rainwater from the premises of the mandir;
 3. Vehicles wade through a waterlogged road near the Housing Board light point in Manimajra on Sunday. Tribune photos: parvesh chauhan
Vehicles wade through a waterlogged road near the Housing Board light point in Manimajra on Sunday. Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, June 16
As the showers made their way today, they also exposed the preparedness of the city for proper drainage of rainwater. Commuters were harassed due to excessive waterlogging in various parts of the city.

The lack of check on removal of debris (malba) and garbage from road gullies added to the problem.

Even as MC workers clear the ‘malba’ and garbage, they leave it on one side of the road for the other staff to pick and dump it.

Also, the potholed roads in various sectors, including Sectors 18, 22, 10 and 17, led to waterlogging today.

While the water had already accumulated due to showers over the past two days, the volume increased further today.

Most of the roads in the city remained flooded with rainwater. Dry leaves along with the garbage also blocked the drainage of water.

The rain poured miseries over various residents of the southern sectors, including Sector 34, where the roads continued to remain flooded, despite several re-carpeting measures.

The re-carpeting of roads had also been stopped due to the rain. The civic body had taken up the re-carpeting of Sector 18 a few days ago but the work came to a standstill due to the consistent showers.

Spoilsport of the day

  • Blocked road gullies: Southern sectors, including Sector 34, remained flooded due to blocked road gullies
  • Potholed roads: Waterlogging in various sectors, including Sectors 18, 22, 10 and 17, happened due to potholes in the roads.

Resident speaks

The garbage and debris keep lying on the side of the road for days together. While the workers fail to pick it up, it again accumulates over the gullies due to the rain. The whole purpose of cleaning the gullies gets defeated every year in this way~

Ashish Mahajan, a resident of Sector 5



Rs 22.5 crore of MC, HUDA go down the drain
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

The road gully in Sector 5, Chandigarh, blocked with dry leaves; and (below) A flooded road gully at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Sunday
The road gully in Sector 5, Chandigarh, blocked with dry leaves; and (below) A flooded road gully at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari
The road gully in Sector 5, Chandigarh, blocked with dry leaves; and (below) A flooded road gully at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Sunday

Panchkula, June 16
Questions are being raised on the quality of material used in the recent construction of the roads that have given up just after the second showers of pre-monsoon. Municipal Corporation and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had spent Rs 11.5 crore and Rs 11 crore, respectively.

Sectors 1 to 19 are with the MC while Sectors 20 to 28 are with the HUDA. Not only this, the roads that were constructed just a month back also exposed various chinks in the departments. Just after the second rains, roads at industrial area, Old Panchkula, and Sector 12 A, 6, 5, 12, 19 and 20, have developed potholes.

Panchkula MLA DK Bansal said he had also brought the issue to the fore. “I want that a case against the officials should be registered. It is a shear fraudulent activity. The roads were constructed just some time back and now they have even given up,” said Bansal.

He said, “Inferior quality material is being used for the construction of roads. After many years, the work on the improvement of the condition of roads was started and crores of rupees were approved.”

“It actually reflects what the authorities are doing. The quality which is being used is poor. Serious action must be taken against those who are found guilty,” said Rakesh Ahuja, a resident of Sector 19, Panchkula.

Rishabh Singh, another resident, said: “It has just rained twice and just see the condition of roads? We were happy that the condition has improved now and the re-carpeting has been done but we were shocked to see the state of roads after the rains.”

The roads in Panchkula were lying uncared for the past many years due to various problems, one being the payment system of the contractors. Since, the payments were to pass through various levels in the administration causing delay in the same, contractors were never interested to take up this work. Time was consumed in re-floating the tenders following which even the prices escalated.

Executive Officer of the Municipal Corporation, OP Sihag, said, “I will go tomorrow and check all the roads. Action will be taken against the guilty.”



Protest against liquor vend
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
Almost one a and half month after the new excise policy came into force, there are no clear-cut guidelines about the opening of liquor vends outside the lal dora.

A liquor contractor has opened a liquor vend on the outskirts of Kajehri village opposite the Sector 43 bus stand flouting the rules.

According to the new policy, licences are granted for setting up liquor vends in the sectors, industrial areas, NAC, rehabilitation colonies and in the already existing pucca structures in the areas where such structures are allowed by the Administration in the villages. But due to absence of such structures, contractors are looking for sites located at strategic points either in the villages or on their outskirts.

Yesterday, the residents of Kajehri village protested against the opening of the liquor vend. A senior Excise Department official said the vend could not be opened at the site and no clearance had been given by the department for the same.

Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Naresh Dubey said the department would strictly go by the policy.



Police accused of helping murder accused
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 16
The failure of the Panchkula police in submitting the challan in an infamous murder case within the stipulated period helped an accused in getting bail. The relatives of the victim also alleged that the police had connived with the accused, identified as Gattu, to help him get bail.

The case had hit the headlines on March 7 when 22-year-old Gurpreet was beaten to death on the road separating sector 25 and 26 by unidentified persons.

Sources said the Chandi Mandir police intentionally presented the challan late so that the accused might get bail. "The accused was arrested on March 14 and the challan was intentionally presented at the eleventh hour, i.e. on June 14," said a relative of the deceased.

Taking note of the case, Commissioner of Police Rajbir Deswal enquired the Chandimandir SHO about the case. The SHO said they presented the challan on June 14 and received a notice of the bail application on June 15.

"I have been informed by the SHO that they filed the challan on June 14 and the notice was received after a day. However, I have asked for the copy of the order and we will even challenge the bail," said Deswal.

On March 14, Gurpreet was murdered by unidentified persons. The victim, a resident of Fatehpur in Sector 20, Panchkula, was found lying in a pool of blood by a passerby. He died on the way to the hospital.

Six persons were arrested in this case.



Leaking roof adds to patients’ pain
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Water leaks from a wall at the emergency ward of the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula
Water leaks from a wall at the emergency ward of the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, June 16
Sarita Kumari (name changed), who was expecting a safe delivery in the labour room at The General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, was in a state of shock when she found that the roof of the room was leaking badly.

The rains might have given relief to the residents but have been a constant cause of concern for patients at the General Hospital as even during treatment they can feel water droplets falling on them. Not only the emergency and the general ward, the most sensitive area that is the labour room was also witnessing roof leakage.

“I have been suffering from diarrhea and was in the emergency ward. I could feel water droplets on my shoulder. When I looked up, I saw that the roof was leaking badly,” said Babu Ram (name changed), who is still admitted in the hospital.

He said, “When I complained to the ward boy, he said they can’t do anything and I have to bear with it.”

Even various walls of the hospital are damp due to this reason.

Rains may have given relief to the residents but despite being the biggest and only government hospital in Panchkula, the patients are at the receiving end.

“Only because we are poor, we are not taken care of here. My sister has fever and above that, the cold water droplets are leaking from the roof. How can the authorities be so insensitive?” said an attendant with a patient at gynae ward, Usha.

An official at the hospital said actually renovation was going on in the hospital because of which the problem was being faced.



300 patients examined at health camp
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 16
Max India Foundation, Corporate Social Responsibility Wing of the Max Group, organised a free multi-specialty health camp at Mianpur village near Kurali today.

The camp was organised in association with Max Super Speciality Hospital, Mohali, and Max Speciality Films.

As many as 300 patients from Ropar and the adjoining areas were examined during the camp.

Free consultation for health problems associated with urology, gynaecology, cardiology and eye were provided to underprivileged people. Max India Foundation also distributed free medicines among the patients, besides conducting free ECG, BP, blood sugar and eye tests.



health notes
Pass-out doctors do their bit for Snehalaya children

Residents of pathology, who have passed out, arranged a movie show and dinner for the children of Snehalaya on Saturday. The children presented cultural programmes at Bhargawa Auditorium. They were then taken for a movie.

"Every child is a reflection of the beautiful world created by the Almighty. Hence, it is almost a truism that all the children of this world deserve a better living irrespective of circumstances in which they are born and brought up." That's the defining philosophy the young residents of the pathology department aptly reflected before walking away with their MD degrees from the PGI.

They decided to fulfil a few wishes which were lurking silently in the children's hearts.


A one-day workshop on "Civil registration system to strengthen the causes of death statistics in Punjab" was held at Committee Room, Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, on Friday.

The review of the civil registration system in Punjab revealed that the level of registration of births and deaths is above 90% and very good. It was also noticed that Punjab had state rules under which it was mandatory for both the government and private institutes to medically certify the cause of a deceased's death. The Civil Registration System Division of Punjab has taken an innovative step to digitise all the birth and death forms and data in the two districts of Kapurthala and SBS Nagar (Nawanshahr) on a pilot basis.

Body donation

The Department of Anatomy, PGI, received the body of Ranjeet Kaur, wife of Sardar Bharpur Singh Sra, aged 88 years. She was a resident of Phase IV, Mohali. Her wish of donating the body was fulfilled by her family. The department expressed its gratitude to the family. — TNS



Mohali-based playwright Atamjit Singh felicitated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
Mohali-based playwright-director Dr Atamjit Singh was conferred with the first Kapur Singh Ghuman Award at a function held in Patiala.

Kapur Singh Ghuman was a legendary playwright and theatre personality of Punjab. The recipient of the Sahitya Academy Award (1984), his play “Ateet De Parchavein” was translated into as many as 12 languages and was declared the national play by the Government of India in the late 70s. His daughter, Swaraj Ghuman, has recently formed the Kapur Singh Ghuman Memorial Society and conferred the first award on Dr Atamjit today along with cash award and a memento.

Dr Atamjit is also a recipient of the Sahitya Academy Award-2009 as well as the Sangeet Natak Academy Award-2011. Talking to The Tribune, he said: “It’s always blissful to receive honour from your own people. It has its own unparallelled value”.

Dr Atamjit said he was thankful to the society for choosing him for this award because Kapur SinghGhuman was not only a distinguished playwright who wrote a masterpiece like “Rani Koklan” but also a man who was hundred per cent dedicated to the cause of Punjabi drama and theatre. “His sense of experimentation always inspired me,” he said.



Play highlights complexities of relationships
Tribune News Service

Artistes enact a scene from the play "Hum Suffer" at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Sunday
Artistes enact a scene from the play "Hum Suffer" at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Chandigarh, June 16
Directed and designed by Salim Arif and written by Javed Siddiqi, the play, “Hum Suffer”, brought forth the complexities of relationships in the modern life. Enacted by TV and film actor Harsh Chhaya and theatre actor Lubna Salim and garnished with Gulzar's poetry, the one-and-a-half-hour-long play was about a married couple, the pain of their separation and of how they dealt with it.

Sonal and Samer decided to part ways peacefully after 15 years’ of their marriage. But what seemed an amicable solution left many issues unresolved as both found themselves at crossroads of their life. The intricacies of the relationship kept pulling them time and again even after their separation.

The highlight of the play was the strong performance by both characters, besides the Gulzar's poetry recorded in his voice. The play featured as many as 16 of his poems which left the audience spellbound.

After the play, the actors said they had been performing this play for over three years now and each time the audience asked for poetry in the play. Therefore, they had recently come up with a poetry album by the name of Nazam.

Dr SK Punia, chief coordinator of the festival, said the festival would conclude tomorrow with Kuchipudi dance by Dr Ananda Shankar Jayant, who is one of India’s most eminent and renowned dancers, and is celebrated as one of the country’s leading classical dancers, choreographers and dance scholars.



Science stream
Education Dept withdraws time relaxation
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
The UT Education Department rolled back the time relaxation given to the science stream students in government senior secondary schools here.

Till last month, Class XI and Class XII medical and non-medical students were being freed an hour-and-a-half earlier from schools than the students of other streams. While these students were allowed to leave at 12.30 pm, others used to leave at 2 pm. This practice was going on in the UT’s senior secondary schools for the past several years.

After some organisations raised objections, the department has stopped this practice now. Senior officials, in the recent meeting, instructed the principals of all senior secondary schools not to free the science stream students before 2 pm.

The revised timings would be implemented after the summer vacations on July 1, said a senior official of the department.

The officials said the decision to free these students early from schools was taken to allow them to prepare for competitive exams like PMT and AIEEE through private tuitions.

Swarn Singh Kamboj, president of the UT Cadre Education Employees’ Union, said it was an illegal practice to allow the students of certain streams to leave earlier than others without any proper order. This decision by the department was a welcome step.

However, students are not happy with this decision. A student said the increase in timings for the science stream would disturb their whole schedule and provide them less time for self-study and tuition work. It should be taken back.

A PMT trainer said competitive exams after Class XII were difficult to crack without proper time management and private tuitions. Spending four hours in the school was more than sufficient for science students. The department should think of taking back its decision.

A school head said earlier the decision to reflex the timing for the science stream students was taken without any written order. “Since it is a necessity for students to pursue private tuitions due to the tough competition in entrance exams, the department should moot a proper mechanism in place to streamline their timings and similar privileges should be given to students of other streams also,” he said.

As per information, there are 18 senior secondary schools running the science stream. GMSSS-8, GMSSS-10, GMSSS-16, GGMSSS-18, GMSSS-19, GMSSS-Mani Majra, GMSSS-22, GMSSS-23 and GMSSS-27 are among the top schools with these streams. Their fresh admissions for various streams were scheduled shortly.



CET: 5,200 candidates appear for entrance tests on Day 2
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
Around 5,200 candidates from different parts of the country appeared for the entrance tests of various postgraduate (PG) courses on the second day of Combined Entrance Test (CET) at Panjab University.

The CET for 38 PG courses had begun from June 15 and would continue till June 18. About 13,000 candidates will be appearing for various job-oriented postgraduate courses in the next two days.

Dr Parvinder Singh, Controller of Examination, PU, said today’s entrance test was conducted for courses like MCA, MSc (Nuclear Medicine, Chemistry, Botany, Biotechnology and Computer Science), MTech (Microelectronics), and Masters in Engineering.

Despite the rain, members of the student parties also camped outside the examination centres throughout the day to attract the candidates appearing for the entrance exam in a bid to ensure their support in the elections to be held in the coming academic session.



PGI moots new research programmes

Chandigarh, June 16
The PGI has proposed to start new research programmes under different heads this academic year at a cost of Rs 1983 lakh. The proposal was tabled at a meeting of the Standing Academic Committee held recently.

The fund allocation was proposed under different heads, including institute research grants, post graduate and post doctoral thesis support, inter-Institutional collaborations, PhD fellowship, post-doctoral research fellowships, research awards, central instrument and research cell.

The PGI has been battling to carry out research activities due to the increased rush of patients. The management has been saying that the increased rush of patients keeps the doctors overburdened. Hence, there is very few time left for the doctors for research activities. — TNS



Admission to BCom colleges no child’s play
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
Students willing to pursue BCom from the city colleges are going to face cut-throat competition to get admission to the colleges as Panjab University (PU) has received around 5,920 online applications for 2,030 seats in various city colleges. The number is expected to go up as there are still seven days left for applying online.

Official sources said 5,920 candidates had already completed their forms online for admission to the commerce stream.

“We are expecting that the number of online registration will go up as the candidates can fill the forms till June 23,” the officials said.

A commerce teacher said the applications received was three times more than the number of seats available in the city colleges and the PU’s Evening Department. As a result, the students’ cut-off for the admission was expected to be high. There are 1,120 seats in coeducation colleges, 770 seats in women’s colleges and 140 seats in men’s college.

The tentative merit list of admissions will be displayed on July 1. Objections over the merit list can be filled till July 2, and the final merit list will be displayed on July 8.

The centralised online admission to BCom in the colleges of Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur was introduced in 2010 to check the back-door entry of students. Two years after introducing the centralised online admission, the university after witnessing the lesser number of online applications for admissions to the colleges of Hoshiarpur decided to conduct the online admissions for the colleges of Chandigarh and Ludhiana only for around 4,200 seats. This year, it was decided that the centralised online admission would be restricted to the local city colleges only.



Education briefs
Summer camp concludes

The summer camp organised by Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, concluded on Friday. The camp, which began on May 27, organised a plethora of activities. Around 86 students participated in the camp that was based on water conservation, basics of theatre, body language, voice modulation, personality enhancement, dance and other activities. All students were given participation certificates, said Krit Sarai, principal of the school. The principal said the best camper prize in the boys’ category went to Class IX student Navdesh Kumar, while Isha Garg of Class VII won the first prize in the girls’ category. Divyanshi Sharma from Class IX won the senior creative girl position, while Sanya Sapra of Class VII won the award in the junior category. Class VI student Rajat Sharma won the senior creative award and Kanan Sharma from Class II bagged the position in the junior category.

Inter-collegiate design competition

The Society of Automotive Engineers India (SAE India), Northern Section, has initiated Efficycle-13, an inter-collegiate design competition for undergraduate students where teams from various colleges nationwide will design and fabricate an energy efficient hybrid - human powered three-wheeled electric vehicle. The competition will begin through the preliminary rounds to be held in June and July in six zones nationwide, including IIT-Patna, UIET-Chandigarh, SRM University-Chennai, Amruthvahini College of Engineering-Sangamner, Jamia Millia Islamia-New Delhi and Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering-Bangalore. In the north 1 zone, 19 teams are participating from various engineering colleges of Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab. Officials said the event provided an opportunity to engineering students for innovation, application of engineering learning and to generate consciousness towards environment-friendly mobility solution. The qualifying teams from the virtual rounds would be invited to bring their vehicle at the UIET, Chandigarh, in the end of September and compete against each other fulfilling the GO Green Spirit of Efficycle. — TNS



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