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Nod to panchayat polls
Merger of 13 UT villages with the Chandigarh MC put on the backburner
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh Administration today gave its nod for panchayat elections in 13 UT villages, indicating that the issue of merger of the villages with the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation had been put on the backburner.

After being notified by the UT Election Department, the election process will start on November 29.

The election to the 12 panchayats upsets the move of the Congress-led municipal corporation to merge the villages with the civic body, a move vehemently opposed by the Opposition on the floor of the House in the special meeting convened on November 21.

Sources in the Administration said the top brass was opposed to the inclusion of the villages in the MC limits, as the villages would have gone unrepresented in the civic body.

Incidentally, the UT Administration has written to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation seeking its views on the merger of 13 villages with the civic body. On the basis of the feedback sought, the Mayor had called a special General House meeting on November 21 to take the views of the elected and nominated councillors on the merger.

However, the BSP and the BJP had opposed the inclusion of the villages in the MC. A nominated councillor, Surrinder Bahga, had also opposed it stating that the MC was still struggling with the problem of nine villages under its jurisdiction.

Residents of nine villages that were merged with the MC in 1995 and 2006 are still crying for development. They demand that instead of the merger, the UT Administration should increase the powers of panchayats. The village bodies should also be allocated more funds for development.

Election Commissioner expected in city today

Rakesh Mehta, UT Election Commissioner, will be in the city today to review the arrangements for the pancahayat elections. The schedule for the election to be held in December is expected to be out by Friday.

Villages that will go to the polls

The 13 villages where the elections are to be held are: Bahlana, Rairpur Khurd, Rairpur Kalan, Makhan Majra, Daria, Mauli Jagran, Kishangarh , Kaimbwala, Khuda Ali Sher, Khuda Jassu, Khuda Lahora, Sarangpur and Dhanas.



After Rs 1.36 cr fraud, couple on the run
Chandigarh Police announce a reward of Rs 50,000 each on them
Tribune News Service
Accused Kapil & Bharti Bansal
Accused Kapil & Bharti Bansal
Accused Kapil & Bharti Bansal

Chandigarh, November 27
A Pune-based couple duped a city resident of Rs 1.36 crore in a fraudulent deal of a flat and is now absconding. The UT police have now announced a reward of Rs 50,000 to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of the couple.

The complainant, Maninder Raj Singh, reported to the police that Kapil Bansal along with his wife Bharti Bansal, both residents of Flat number L-3/802 Brahma Son City, Wadgaon Sheri, Pune, took the original file containing the paper of Flat Number 60, Young Dwellers Complex, Sector 49-A, Chandigarh from Maninder’s house.

It all started in February last year, when Maninder came in contact with Kapil and Bharti in Pune. Maninder(26) was pursuing his MBA degree from an institute in Pune when he met his neighbours Kapil and Bharti.

After becoming friends with Maninder, Kapil and Bharti began suggesting Maninder on business proposals. He was then engaged to the couple’s daughter.

Both Kapil Bansal and Bharti Bansal in connivance with another person, Joginder Singh, entered into a deal with

Sushil Kumar for the sale of Maninder’s flat.

The couple entered into a deal worth Rs 1.36 crore for the flat and kept taking the payment on behalf of Maninder, as they said they were his would be in-laws. After collecting the money, both Bharti and Kapil left Chandigarh and fled with the collected money in June last year. Accused Joginder Singh has already been arrested. The police said that Kapil and Bharti along with their three daughters also left Pune.

Kapil and Bharti are also wanted in a cheating case registered in November last year in Pune. The police have registered a case of theft, cheating and criminal conspiracy under Sections 380,420 and 120-B of the IPC at the Sector 34 police station in September last year. The Chandigarh Police have announced a reward of Rs 50,000, each to anyone who provides information about Kapil and Bharti, wanted in the cheating case. The police have also warned other residents not to get into any land deal with the accused couple.



Schedule of flights revised
Airport to remain closed on first, third Sunday of every month
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
All airlines operating at the Chandigarh domestic airport finally revised their flight schedule for the first and third Sunday of every month. The schedule is to be applicable from the next month.

The revision was necessitated after the Indian Air Force, which is managing the runway of the domestic airport, intimated to all the airlines that the airport would remain closed on the first and third Sunday of every month after 1 pm due to maintenance and repair work of the runway.

HS Toor, Director of the Chandigarh Airport, also confirmed that as per the notam issued by the Indian Air Force, the air operation will remain closed twice a month after 1 pm on account of runway maintenance work and this information had already been circulated to all the airlines for the necessary action on their part.

Following the closure notice, the airlines have tentatively revised their reschedule (see box) till March next year and it could be extended further depending on the completion of the maintenance work of the runway.

An official of the AAI informed The Tribune that the repair of the runway may take a long time, that was the reason why the IAF had not mentioned any specific deadline for the completion of the work.

Manjeet Singh, a senior manager of Spicejet, said that their revised schedule would remain applicable till March next year, but the airline could further extend the revised schedule if need be so.

All the other airlines have also confirmed their revised timings. The Air India’s flight operation is not affected due to the repair work since it has only one flight a day (Chandigarh-Delhi) at 11.15 am.

Manmohan Singh, chairman of the CII Chandigarh Council, said that since the IAF had started the maintenance work at the airport, they should also modernise their ground lighting system so that landing system could be updated to CAT-II level.

Right now, the landing of the airlines is not permissible if the visibility goes down below 1.2 km. CAT-II operation will ensure landing of the flights between 400-500 metres.

Applicable from December, 2013 to March 2014

Spice Jet
8.35 am: Chd-Delhi
12.40 pm: Chd-Mumbai

Jet Airways
8.10 am: Chd-Delhi-Bengaluru
12.10 pm: Chd-Delhi
12.40 pm: Chd-Mumbai
12.45 pm: Chd-Delhi

12.20 pm: Chd-Mumbai

Go Air
11.15 am: Chd-Mumbai



MC to buy 8 gensets for smooth water supply
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The power failure witnessed in 2012 across the entire North region and frequent power cuts imposed in the city during summers will no more affect the water supply in Chandigarh. Reason: the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, (MC) is soon going to buy eight generator sets of 125 KVA each to ensure uninterrupted water supply.

MC officials said that generator sets would cost the MC Rs 98 lakh. The sets would provide power to the tubewells and booster in case of power cuts to ensure that the city did not reel under water crisis.

There are nearly 200 tubewells in the city. However, there are no generators for power back-up.

The water-cooled silent generator set with a diesel engine and an alternator housed in soundproof acoustic enclosure will be mounted on a four-wheeled trolley for its movement from one location to another.

Four generator sets will be used for uninterrupted water supply in Chandigarh and the remaining four will be used for the water supply in Mani Majra and Mauli Jagran.

During power cuts, the MC receives several complaints regarding water-crisis from various parts of the city.

The agenda to purchase the generator sets is going to be tabled at the General House meeting on November 29.

SAD Councilor Malkiat Singh said that during the collapse of the Northern Grid in 2012, the city had witnessed acute water shortage, but with the new generator sets being purchased by the MC, residents would not have to face the problem of water supply during power cuts in the near future.

The issue of exemption of house and property tax on the residential land and building, to the serving and retired defence personnel and their families will also come up for discussion at the General House meeting of the MC.

To cost Rs 98 lakh

MC officials said the generator sets would cost the MC ~98 lakh and they would provide power to tubewells and booster in case of power cuts to ensure that the city did not reel under water crisis.



Aedes mosquito loses its sting
City witnesses 70% less cases of dengue this year
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The city recorded 70 per cent lesser dengue cases this year as compared to those reported last year.

From July to November last year, the number had touched 360, but this year, it is 99 so far. The numbers reflect increased awareness among residents said experts.

The number of dengue cases in the city was alarming last year, breaking the records of the preceding five years. On the contrary, the spread of the disease remained gradual this time.

"Residents need to be more conscious and take all precautions since Aedes mosquito breeds in
clean and collected water," said a UT Health Department official.

The number of cases being reported at city hospitals is on the higher side as a majority of these are referred cases from the neighbouring cities or states. Over the past four to five months, we have seen that none of the cases were epidemiologically linked. The cases reported so far were isolated, said Dr Anil Garg, Nodal Officer for the National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP).

“Maximum number of dengue cases is being referred from Punjab and Haryana and the number of cases reported in the city is under control. This is a clear indication that the residents have become more careful and are taking enough preventive measures,” Garg further said.

This season, a majority of residents contracted mild dengue. Sources, however, hinted at the continuous virus mutation that causes variation in its effects. The effect can be too mild sometimes and it can also lead to drug resistance.


Dengue is caused by the bite of an infected mosquito - Aedes egypti.

The mosquito can breed in 10-15ml of water. The mosquito bites only during the day.


High fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rashes, and mild bleeding.

Preventive measures

  • Drain out water from coolers and scrub dry once a week
  • In case of fever, get blood examined
  • Do not throw discarded containers, tyres, pitchers and pots in your surroundings.


For any complaints or queries regarding water collection, contact 0172-2740408.


Drug supplier identified, say police
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service


Panchkula, November 27
In an important development in the "murder" mystery of 23-year-old Gurvinder, the police have identified the person who had supplied drugs to him and his friends. The arrest of the supplier could result in big revelations in the case and some controversial drug haul cases.

Panchkula Commissioner of Police Rajbir Deswal said, "A person has been identified as the one who supplied drugs. He will be arrested in the next 24 hours, may be along with his associates and contraband."

However, the police are still not clear about Gurvinder's circumstantial death and still groping in the dark. To reconstruct the crime incident and explore the possibilities of his death keeping in view the poisoning factor and serious injuries on his body (spleen damaged), the police visited the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, here today.

The police have already sought remand of the three accused in the case thrice. The accused were sent to judicial custody today.

A team led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Vijender Singh reached the hospital to enquire from the forensic expert Dr Sunil Gambhir whether the injuries on Gurvinder's body could have been caused due to throwing of the body on the stretcher.

While the post-mortem report does not mention that drug pricks were noticed on the body, the police were working on the drug overdose theory following the statements of the accused.

The accused, who were known to Gurvinder and had dumped him at the hospital before fleeing, reportedly stated that they had taken drugs and Gurvinder died of drug overdose.

Gambhir said, "I have clearly mentioned that the injuries on Gurvinder's body cannot be caused by just throwing him on the stretcher, which the accused did before fleeing. As far as drug overdose was concerned, I have told the police that the samples sent to forensic laboratory can reveal about that point."

The post-mortem report mentioned that Gurvinder's spleen was damaged. Also, apart from other injury marks, there was a 16-17 cm-long injury mark on the body, which was apparently caused by some weapon.

The police are also considering that after consuming drugs, all might have had a brawl in which Gurvinder received injuries.

Additional Station House Officer of the Chandimandir police station Sukhbir Singh said, "We have recovered a motorcycle that was used in the crime. The Bolero car used in the crime has already been recovered."

The police have not yet recovered any drug syringe or material used to establish the point that the victim had taken drugs.

Sources said the drug supplier was involved in some Baddi-based drug racket and might have been involved in the Patiala drug haul case as well.

Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashwin Shenvi said they were seeking medical opinions on certain issues.

Case recall

Gurvinder was thrown near the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, by his friends. He had left his home in Sector 25, Panchkula, saying that he was going for an outing. The victim was rushed to the PGI but was declared brought dead. Doctors said it could be a case of poisoning. However, there were serious injury marks on his body.



Swanky cars to replace Ambassadors for MC top brass
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The Municipal Commissioner of the city would soon be using a Honda City while the Joint Commissioner would get a Toyota Innova replacing the Ambassador cars they have been using thus far. The Mayor, who presently has a Toyota Corrola, would also be getting a new Honda city.

The decision to purchase new vehicles at en estimated cost of Rs 28 lakh was taken during a meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (FCC) of the Municipal Corporation (MC) held here recently.

MC officials stated that although there was a ban on the purchase of new vehicles, these vehicles were being purchased against condemned vehicles. "The condition of the vehicles used by the officials is not good following which the proposal to buy new cars was mooted," an MC official stated.

MC Commissioner VP Singh would be getting a new Honda City and Joint Commissioner Rajiv Gupta will get the Innova.

It has also been decided that the Innova car could also be used for delegates frequently visiting the Municipal Corporation.

The agenda approved by the FCC also mentioned that the latest cars would be economical as compared to the Ambassador cars that reportedly consume more fuel.

The three vehicles are expected to be purchased in the coming month.

Presently, the UT Advisor has a Toyota Corrolla while Home Secretary and Finance Secretary have Ambassador car as their official vehicle.

The Deputy Commissioner has Maruti SX4.



garbage dumping
Residents block traffic in Mohali
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 27
Residents of four sectors blocked traffic on one of the main roads, here today. They were holding a protest against the failure of the authorities concerned to shift a garbage collection point which had become a nuisance for people living in these sectors.
Residents of Sector 71 hold a protest in Mohali on Wednesday
Residents of Sector 71 hold a protest in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Vicky Gharu

The residents’ welfare associations of the affected areas had yesterday given an ultimatum to employees of the Municipal Corporation to stop constructing a new garbage collection point at the entry of Sectors 70 and 71. They resorted to a protest when they found that the work on the garbage collection point had not been stopped.

The protesters blocked the main road leading from Balongi to the Kumbra chowk. Slogans were raised by them against the corporation and the district administration.They also did not allow the dumping of garbage at this point during the protest.

Sukhpal Singh Jhajj, a resident of Sector 71, said they had been making requests over the past three years to the authorities to shift the garbage dump from the entry point to some other place but to no avail. He said garbage from many sectors was dumped at this point, which not only led to unhygienic conditions and foul smell in the area but also to accidents as stray cattle gathered there.

Jhajj further said the Deputy Commissioner had visited the spot and had given an assurance that the dumping point would be shifted. But the civic body had started constructing another one without demolishing the old one. As such, they were compelled to hold a protest.

Members of the residents’ welfare associations of Phases IIIB-2, VIII and Sectors 70 and 71 joined the protest.



P’kula ATMs lack security guards
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

An ATM booth without a security guard in Sector 14, Panchkula
An ATM booth without a security guard in Sector 14, Panchkula. Tribune Photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, November 27
Even after the unfortunate incident at an ATM in Bangalore, many ATMs in Panchkula are without security guards, endangering the safety of the general public.

The police, in a recent meeting with the Bank Association had requested the management to deploy guards at their ATM kiosks.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashwin Shenvi said, “We have a meeting again on November 29 in this regard.”

The DCP said the police had recently prepared a list of all the ATM kiosks and have observed as to where guards are stationed round-the-clock and where they are not present at all. “As the number of ATM kiosks is huge in Sectors 8, 10, 16 and 11, we have arranged a rider duty outside these outlets. The officials keep patrolling on the motor cycles to ensure safety of the residents,” said the DCP.

Most of the ATM outlets in Sector 8, 14, 16, 5, 19 and Mansa Devi Complex (MDC), were found with lax security.



Industrialists submit memorandum to MP

Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh small scale industrialists in a representation to M Venkaya Naidu, Chairman, Parliamentary Committee, Chandigarh, has sought his intervention to resolve pending issues pertaining to Industry in the city.

They said they had demanded implementation of the MSMED Act 2006. By virtue of this act, the Parliament had decided to redefine small scale industry by renaming it as enterprise to include manufacturing and services.

To the dismay of the entrepreneurs, the Chandigarh Administration has taken a contrary view, wherein, they would like to pick and choose the enterprise on a case-to-case basis. — TNS



Re-carpeting of roads not done, councillor threatens to hold protest

Chandigarh, November 27
Upset over the delay in re-carpeting of roads in villages Burtela, Badheri and Attawa, the councillor of Ward No. 10 of the local Municipal Corporation (MC) has threatened to launch an agitation in front of the office of the MC Commissioner.

In a letter shot to the MC Commissioner, SAD councillor Malkiat Singh stated that he would start an agitation from the coming week if the municipal body failed to begin the re-carpeting work.

The councillor stated that following his persistent demand for re-carpeting of roads, tenders for the work were called and awarded. However, the work has not been started till date. “I don’t know why the work has not been started despite my repeated requests to the MC officials. It has been two years since I was elected as the councillor of Ward 10, the roads have not been re-carpeted,” Singh stated.

He stated that the internal and ‘phirni’ roads in the villages fall under his ward. “The residents of the area have felt humiliated over the step-motherly treatment meted out to them by the MC,” he lamented.

The councillor stated that he along with the residents of the villages would hold a protest if the development work was not started soon.

Meanwhile, MC Commissioner VP Singh could not be contacted for comments. — TNS



Mohali resident ‘thrown’ outside mall with severe injuries
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 27
In a shocking incident, a resident of Mohali was found lying outside Bella Vista, a mall in Sector 5 here, with serious injuries inflicted with swords late in the evening today.

A passerby, who spotted him, rushed him to the General Hospital, Sector 6 here. The passerby also informed the police.

At the hospital, the victim, who has been identified as Gurdeep, a resident of Phase 3, Mohali, alleged that owing to a property-related matter, he was kidnapped around two and a half months ago. He claimed that he was confined to an isolated and dark place.

Today, he was injured with swords and knife and thrown outside the mall. Before the victim could inform anything further, he fell unconscious.

The police is investigating the matter.

The police further said that a case would be registered after the condition of the victim became stable.



Training workshop for city police
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
A training workshop for "Rescue On-Time" for learning the basic life saving techniques, such as CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and first-aid to provide basic medical-aid before high-level medical care is made available, is being conducted at INSCOL Hospital, Sec-34 A. The workshop was inaugurated by UT IGP RP Upadhyay.

A total of 150 police personnel of PCR staff and traffic staff will be trained in three-day workshop of two batches of 25 personnel in each batch.



Commission rejects MC’s appeal against penalty
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has dismissed Chandigarh MC’s appeal against the District forum’s order that directed it to pay compensation of Rs 25,000 for booking a park for wedding of complainant’s son while it was already booked by Ram Leela committee.

The District Consumer Forum had directed the MC to refund an amount of Rs 562 received from the complainant for booking the park and pay Rs 25,000 for deficiency in service and harassment. The Commission upheld the orders.

Amar Singh Ghuman booked a park in Sector 22 for holding ladies sangeet during the marriage function of his son.

He also booked a hall and rooms in the nearby Shree Satyanarayan Mandir. When he visited the park he was surprised to see that it was in possession of Ram Leela committee.

The area had already been covered with tents, for the purpose of holding Ram Leela. The complainant approached the officials concerned and requested them to give possession of the park but they refused.

“The compensation awarded is reasonable, fair and commensurate with the facts and circumstances of the case, for mental agony and physical harassment, caused to the complainant, and his family members, no interference is called for by this Commission,” the commission ruled.



Forum directs PFCL to pay Rs 50,000
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Punjab Financial Corporation Limited (PFCL) has been penalised for failing to provide a copy of the site plan of the mortgaged property to complainant. District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed PFCL to pay Rs 50,000 to the complainant for causing mental agony.

Commodore Vijay Kumar Gautam, the complainant filed the complaint against the Chairman and Managing Director, Punjab Financial Corporation Limited, alleging that he placed his bid for the purchase of Luxmi Rice and General Mills and also submitted 10% earnest money of Rs 2,65,000.

He later requested the Punjab Financial Corporation Limited to execute the sale deed and handover the possession of the Luxmi Rice and General Mills, Hoshiarpur, at the earliest.

He made efforts to revive the unit for the paddy season but his attempt was foiled. He was called to the local police station and subjected to query about mortgage.

The Forum directed the PFCL to supply a copy of the site plan of the mortgaged property, attached with the mortgage deed, to the complainant.

It also directed them to pay Rs.10,000 towards litigation expenses to the complainant.



Stray cattle and dogs: Be practical

Chandigarh Tribune, through its recent comprehensive presentation, on the public menace created by stray cattle and dogs in tricity, did a commendable service to humanity. But unfortunately, no tangible solution may be found, at least the way we are tackling it. Why after all do we have to keep such undesirable animals? The organisation People for Animals (PFA) may hold banners for cruelty against animals but why don't they see the miserable plight of stray animals as we observe them besides biting residents, quarrelling among themselves and bleeding profusely? Why doesn't this organisation handle such creatures on its own premises and why is the public being made to bear the brunt? If the PFA is genuinely against the killing of animals, what is its reaction against the ever increasing meat-eating habits of the people? Why don't we allow decent death for stray animals that are in a miserable physical condition, especially in an era when the right to peaceful death of citizens in distress is being considered?

MPS Chadha, Mohali

City should have recreation facilities for elderly

Senior citizens are generally a harried lot. In their sunset years, a feeling starts sinking, that they are no more useful to the family and society at large.

Such state of mindset gives rise to various age related diseases, and "depression" is its direct outcome. Chandigarh has couple of homes for senior citizen’s which provide shelter and healthcare facilities to the deserted few. But a vast majority is at home in seclusion and neglect. Realising their plight, the state government of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi have taken the lead to provide small and cozy bhavans where the elderly meet, greet and pour out their woes. Chandigarh, being capital of both Punjab and Haryana and also a prominent Union Territory, should have led these states from the front. But it is never too late to follow the suit. Registered senior citizens' welfare associations will be quite willing to own up the responsibility of maintaining them under their own arrangements.

SC Luthra, Mani Majra



tricity scan
Convocation ceremony

Chandigarh: Convocation ceremony was organised by GCS Group under the aegis of Swaran Jayanti Shahri Rozgaar Yojna (SJSRY), at PTU Regional Centre, Sector 9, Chandigarh, in which 46 beneficiaries of the scheme were conferred degrees. SJSRY is a scheme sponsored by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India. Vivek Trivedi, Social Development Officer, State Urban Poverty Alleviation Cell, Chandigarh Administration, in the presence of Gurmeet Singh, Managing Director, GCS Group gave away the degrees in a special function amidst students and their parents. GCS Group has imparted computer education free of cost to these 46 urban poor youth. Gurmeet Singh, managing director, GCS Group, said, “The training dispense by us would support skill development in each trainee and these training programs would enable the urban poor to access the employment opportunities opened up by the market.

Meeting held

The Al-anon family groups comprising families and friends of the alcoholics held a day- long share-a-thon at St John's Convent School, Sector 26, Chandigarh. Over 100 members from the region, came together to share their experience, strength and hope in dealing with the effects of living with alcoholics. The members at the meeting shared that they found understanding and support at the meetings and were glad that they made the choice to be a part of Al-Anon family groups.

Radio station visit

Mohali: To give the children exposure and hands on experience of communication, a visit to radio station Ambala was organised by Mind Tree School. The children were taught the basics of a radio station and the equipments there. A small visual aided their understanding of signals sent, received and concept of transmission was explained to them. Rohit Sachdeva, station in-charge was very supportive in the school endeavour and ensured that every query of the children was answered. — TNS



admission process
Pvt schools fail to allocate seats
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Several private schools in the city have not declared their allocation of seats under different categories in the admission details uploaded on their websites.

There is no detailed break up as how many seats are kept for siblings of alumni and wards of staff of schools and finally what percentage of seats will be allotted through draw of lots.

The total number of seats is the only information that parents have about many schools. For instance, Ashiana Public School, Sector 46, and Saupin’s School, Sector 32, have just mentioned the total number of seats. St John's High School, Carmel Convent, Sector 9, St Anne’s School, Sector 32, and Sacred Heart School, Sector 26, too has mentioned the total number of seats in their admission notice. With only 55 seats out of the 200, Sacred Heart-26, had the lowest percentage of seats allotted through draw of lots among these schools in the previous year.

Carmel Convent, Sector 9, had allotted 55 out of the 120 seats through draw of lots while St Anne's Sector 32, allotted 100 out of the 230.

St John's High School, Sector 26, was comparatively better as it allotted 95 seats out of the 160 seats through draw of lots last year, which was one of the highest allotments among other top schools in the city too. With no specific information so far, parents are curious as how much seats will be allotted through draw of lots in these four missionary schools.

The DPS-40 will give only 67 out of the 150 seats through draw of lots, stated its admission notice uploaded on its website.

Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 33, has some detailed break. Out of their total 100 seats, they have kept 10 per cent as management seats, 10 per cent for siblings, 5 per cent for Alumni, 25 per cent for the RTE Act and the rest for draw of lots, to be allotted to the general category.

In the previous also, the preferences and reservations dominated the admission of entry-level classes in private schools in the city.

The RTE quota, siblings of alumni, wards of school staff and wards already studying took away most of the seats and what left behind for a large number of first-time parents was the cut-throat competition for fewer seats against tons of applications.

Abhishek Sharma, a parent, said private schools must keep a balance of the seats to be allotted between various preferential categories and general category seats.

Parents allege that influential people end up getting admission for their wards, no matter whatever the selection criteria was. The Chandigarh Administration’s regulations regarding the issue was also weak and unclear.



Panchkula schools emerge favourite among tricity students
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 27
Schools in Panchkula that would always be a second preference after Chandigarh, even for Panchkula students, have emerged taller this time. The seats that would lie vacant due to reservation issue are now seeing long waiting queues for the same.

In the CBSE Class XII and ICSE Class X results, toppers in the tricity were from Panchkula because of which this time Panchkula schools are a favourite among the students.

Jaya Bhardwaj, Principal, Hansraj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, said: “This time we have received such an overwhelming response that against the 100 seats, we have received 482 forms. People are no longer giving preference to Chandigarh schools ever since students of Panchkula have faired extraordinarily in the tricity in the recent board results.”

The draw for the seats for Hansraj Public School will be held on December 20.

Some schools are yet to decide the dates of admission.

In Chandigarh schools, during admissions the quota for Panchkula-based students was 15 per cent while Chandigarh students were given 85 per cent reservation.

Students preferred admission in a Chandigarh school due to the same.

Vivek Sharma, a resident of Sector 15, Panchkula, said, “Schools here have faired well, so why we send our children to Chandigarh.”

“We are receiving about 70-80 queries a day. Our website is already flooded with mails enquiring about the admissions,” said Sandeep Sardana, Principal, Manav Mangal School, here.

Krit Serai, Principal, Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, said, “Interestingly, we also have applicants from Chandigarh this time. There are long waiting queues so we will be conducting admissions on a first-come-first-serve basis.”

Bhavan Vidalayala-15

Entry level: LKG (four years by Sept 30)

No of seats: 120-130

Admission process: To start in mid-Jan

Forms available in mid-December

The Gurukul, Sector 20, Panchkula

Entry level: Pre-nursery (2.5 years +) and nursery (3 years +)

No of seats: 40 in pre-nursery and 25 in nursery

Admission process on, online registration available

Satluj Public School-4

Entry level: Pre-nursery (2.5 years +) and nursery (3 years +)

No of seats: 60 in pre-nursery and 60 in nursery

Forms available: From Nov 15 to Dec 15

Admission process: In January

Manav Mangal School-11

Entry level: Nursery (3+)

No of seats: 180

Forms available: First week of December

Admission process: In January



unfulfilled demands
SSA members, non-teaching staff hold protest march
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 27
Members of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan/ RMSA and Non-Teaching Employees Union, Punjab, organised a march, here today, to create awareness among the public about the non-fulfillment of their demands by the state government.

They have been resorting to peaceful modes of protest, including fast, for more than a month.

The protesters alleged that the government and the Education Department had been ignoring their demands. A meeting was held between representatives of the union and the Director-General (Secondary Education) on November 26 but no solution was found to their demands.

They further alleged that the Chief Minister and other ministers had time for the Delhi elections but not for redressing their grievances. The demands include the regularisation of the services of 1,400 non-teaching staff of the SSA and giving them pay scales on a par with the SSA teaching staff.



35 students of Mohali school clear NDA examination
Our Correspondent

Students of Shemrock Senior Secondary School in a jubilant mood after clearing the NDA examination in Mohali on Wednesday
Students of Shemrock Senior Secondary School in a jubilant mood after clearing the NDA examination in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, November 27
It was a proud moment for Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, when 35 of its students cleared the UPSC examination for the NDA.

As many as 40 students of the school, who were also taking training at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Instititute set up by the Punjab Government here, took the examination, of which 35 cleared the same.

Principal, Air Cadre SK Sharma (retd), said the Indian Army enjoyed the reputation of being one of the finest forces in the world. A career in the armed forces held promise of bringing honour, glory, social reputation, and a privileged lifestyle.

He said the defence establishment was nowadays also competing with other lucrative career options available to youngsters but Shemrock and the armed forces institute always encouraged the students to join the forces to serve the nation.

Major-Gen BS Grewal, director of the armed forces institute, while congratulating the students, said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had set up this institute in the state to specially train boys of Punjab to join the defence forces as the number of individuals joining the forces from the state had been going down year by year.



Syndicate poll to be held on Dec 10
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
Cards of the main alliance groups for the upcoming Panjab University Syndicate elections have yet to be opened, but House meetings are on by respective groups to finalise their stake.

Though the groups are tight-lipped to reveal any decision, they accept that the talks are going on to reach a consensus with each other. Experts believe that if there is no change in the alliance, then there are chances of unanimous elections, like the previous year, except in the law faculty.

But if the scenario changes and the DAV group withdraws support from the Goyal group, then the elections will be held in four faculties - arts, science, law and combined - for the Syndicate poll.

Keeping in view the past differences over a few issues between the active alliance of Goyal, Jain and DAV, political experts believe that this time changes could be seen in the alliance. Referring to the clash of opinion between Goyal vs Jain and the DAV group on a number of issues in the Syndicate meetings like appointments in public administration and the extension of one-year tenure of Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover’s wife, experts believe that these issues might effect the decision of the alliance.

Sources also revealed that the Chatrath group was pondering to field a candidate in language and medicine departments against the Goyal group.

In fact, besides the groups which are in fray for the elections, the Senators are also holding meetings to decide about their support to the candidates.

At present, there are four groups which fought for the Syndicate faculty - Prof GK Chatrath, Ashok Goyal, Satya Pal Jain and the DAV College group. The Syndicate comprised Vice-Chancellor, two ex-officio members, including DPI, Punjab, and Chandigarh. Besides, 15 members were elected from the faculty that includes three each from arts, science and two each from language, medical, law and combined studies departments, respectively.

Nominations for the Syndicate will be filed on December 9 and the elections will be held on December 10 for all faculties.



PU Syndicate to hold next meeting on December 5
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
After a gap of two months, the Panjab University authorities have decided to hold the next meeting of the Syndicate on December 5.

For the existing panel, this will be the last meeting of their tenure as the Syndicate will be reconstituted after elections on December 10.

It is expected that like the previous meeting, the Syndicate will again witness objections for the delay in calling the meeting by the Vice-Chancellor. Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover today issued notification for the holding of the next Syndicate meeting on December 5.

There are a few important items on the agenda that are in the pipeline and have to be got approved by the Syndicate for further action.

The term of the Dean, university (instruction) is going to expire on November 30 and without the approval of the Syndicate, fresh appointment could not be made. Besides, the fee hike issue has to be reconsidered by it.

University sources said on September 21 members boycotted the Syndicate meeting and staged a walked out after which the Vice-Chancellor called another meeting on September 28.

But the members objected that they could not attend the meeting on that day as on September 29 the Senate was scheduled. Considering the faux pas, the meeting was called on October 8 to discuss the agenda that was to be tabled in the September 28 meeting.

As per the PU manual, it is mandatory for the Vice-Chancellor to call a meeting of the Syndicate every month.



State-level contests in vocational courses held

Chandigarh, November 27
DPI (Schools) Kamlesh Kumar inaugurated the 22nd state-level vocational competition at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40, here yesterday.

Contests in various vocational courses were held on the occasion. Students of the fashion designing and clothing construction course took part in an event based on the theme "Pakistani Shirt" and students of the textile designing course competed in preparation of silk scarf with block printing. Students showcased their science models. The DPI lauded the students' performances in gidha and yoga. — TNS



Varsity students help revive cloth bag-making unit
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

PU students assist a member of a self-help group in making cloth bags in Chandigarh
PU students assist a member of a self-help group in making cloth bags in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, November 27
A group of students of Panjab University’s ENACTUS DR SSB UICET, an NGO, has revived a cloth bag-making unit, run by a self-help group (SHG) of HIV+ women, by generating a large number of orders for the latter.

With their efforts, the unit that was shut down received orders for making around 250 kg of bags during the past two months.

To make the unit self-sustaining, the group of 13 students of various streams, including chemical engineering, MBA and food engineering, have planned to double the orders for the SHG in the next six months.

Gaurav Gupta, secretary of the PU NGO, said two months ago when they took over this project, they found that due to lack of marketing of products the unit was not getting orders.

He said they approached various shop owners to get orders of cloth bags to revive the unit. The group organised marketing drives in Sectors 8, 9, 17 and 22 during which they went to shops and met various people to convince them to buy the products created by the self-help group.

One of the members of the students' NGO Aman Arora said after getting ample orders, the group plans to include four more HIV+ women for the project and train them as permanent sales executives to help the unit to achieve self-sustainability in future.

From March to September the unit remained closed as the SHG that runs the unit neither got any financial support from the government not any commercial orders for the unit, said Nawendu Jha, project coordinator, Chandigarh Network of People With HIV AIDS.

Even the SHG failed to pay salaries to its staff for five months.

The Chandigarh Network of People with HIV AIDS set up a cloth bag-making unit in Sector 15. Printing and sewing machines from Germany were imported to produce semi-cloth bags of high quality at the unit.



Seminar on recent trends in medical devices
Our Correspondent

Mohali, November 27
A seminar on 'Recent trends and regulation of medical devices' was held at NIPER here today.

Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, who was the chief guest, said in the country 20-30 per cent of urban people and 40-50 per cent of those living in the rural areas could not afford basic health care needs.

She further said there should be uniform prices for all medical devices. Affordable health care should be provided to all.

Officiating Director, NIPER, KK Bhutani said medical devices, which the country had ignored for some time, were technology-oriented devices. “We usually attributed such devices to things like syringes and equipment of hospital aids, but in reality products like laser technology, all together, were medical devices which were used for the treatment of a patient.

The seminar was organised in collaboration with the Drug Control Administration, Punjab, and Abbott, a Pharmaceutical Company. Nearly 150 participants, including drug controllers, were present.



Parents meet GMCH director

Chandigarh, November 27
The parents of special children studying in the Prayaas, a centre for learning, met the director of the GMCH, Sector 32, Dr Atul Sachdev here today and expressed resentment over the recent decision of shifting their wards to the Regional Institute of Mentally Handicapped (RIMH) in Sector 31.

They said it would be difficult for children from southern sectors to travel to Sector 31. Meanwhile, Dr Sachdev said the sensitivity of the children would be considered. "We are sympathetic about the children. We are thinking what can be done to make these children comfortable in case they are to be shifted to the RIMH. The decision was taken in the interest of children as facilities at the RIMH are much better than those available at the Prayaas.” — TNS



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