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Cong man Kalyan is Mayor
BJP candidates Heera Negi, Davesh Moudgil elected Senior Dy Mayor, Dy Mayor
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The Congress candidate won the post of Mayor in the elections held here today, while the BJP made the Congress candidates bite the dust by winning the posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

Kalyan seeks Bansal's blessings
Soon after winning, Kalyan went to Congress MP Pawan Kumar Bansal's seat to seek his blessings. He then thanked the nominated councillors and his opposition
For the SAD-BJP alliance that had 11 votes, the support of two BSP councillors and an Independent councillor turned out to be a key factor in its win
Both Congress and SAD-BJP councillors entered into arguments with newly elected Mayor HC Kalyan over the decision of declaring a vote invalid in the elections for the post of Deputy Mayor
One vote each was found invalid in the elections held for all three posts
Congress councillor and former Mayor Raj Bala Malik, before dropping the ballot paper in the ballot box, showed it to journalists sitting in the media lounge in the MC House

Congress candidate HC Kalyan defeated SAD-BJP candidate Rajinder Kaur by a margin of seven votes for the Mayor’s post. Of the total 36 votes, Kalyan bagged 21, while Rajinder Kaur managed to secure 14 votes. One vote was declared invalid.

BJP candidates pulled out all the stops to make inroads into the key posts of the MC, defeating Congress candidates Sat Parkash Aggarwal, who contested the post of Senior Deputy Mayor, and Sheela Devi, who contested the post of Deputy Mayor.

The win did not come easy for BJP candidate Heera Negi as she defeated Aggarwal by a thin margin of only one vote. While Negi polled 18 votes, Aggarwal got 17 votes. One vote was declared invalid as the vote was stamped against the names of both candidates.

BJP candidate Davesh Moudgil was elected Deputy Mayor by a margin of three votes. While Davesh polled 19 votes, Congress candidate Sheela Devi got 16 votes.

BJP councillors erupted into celebrations. However, a lull was witnessed among the Congress councillors.

The elections were presided over by nominated councillor Babu Lal. DC Mohammad Shayin, MC Commissioner VP Singh and Joint Commissioner Rajiv Gupta were also present.



Completing pending projects priority, says Kalyan
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Newly elected Mayor HC Kalyan did not promise much for the city after winning the election. Kalyan only mentioned that finishing the pending projects will be his priority.

Speaking about his priorities for 2014, the new city Mayor said he would focus on completing the pending projects at the earliest.

Asked about which pending projects he would take up, Kalyan said, “A list of the pending projects will be prepared and I will ensure that they are completed at the earliest”.

The Mayor said he would hold a meeting with MC officials to discuss the course of action for this year.

Kalyan said he hoped the Opposition would help him in holding House meetings in harmony. “I need the cooperation of opposition councillors so that there are healthy discussions on development issues tabled in the House,” said the Mayor.

Soon after the election results were announced, the Mayor addressed members of the House. He said, “The House has given me a huge responsibility and I thank the members for that. I will serve the city to the best of my ability,” he said.

Kalyan is a councillor from Ward No. 13 that comprises Sector 49, 50, 51 and 63.

He was the Senior Deputy Mayor in 2009 and the Deputy Mayor in 2008.

Kalyan also visited the CHB’s rehabilitation colony in Dhanas after the elections to meet his supporters.



new year
Firing incidents mar celebrations
Punjab-cadre IAS officer's gunman receives gunshot; condition critical
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 1
New Year celebrations turned sour when a gunman of a senior Punjab-cadre IAS officer was critically injured in a gunshot fired from his service weapon in the temple during a New Year party at the 5 Degrees restaurant in Vatika, Sector 5, Panchkula, in the wee hours today. The victim, Jaipal, was accompanying the officer's son, a partner in the restaurant, to the party when the incident took place, the police said.

Though the police claim that it was a case of accidental firing, the possibility of a scuffle at the venue leading to the incident cannot be ruled out. Jaipal was referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, where his condition is stated to be critical.

Blood stains were found at three spots at the venue. The police have taken the weapon in their possession.

The SHO of the Sector 5 police station, Inspector Mukesh Kumar, said, “It was a gathering of about 15 people. The party had just got over. We have been told that the while the victim was taking out his gun, he accidentally pressed the trigger and suffered a gunshot. The exact picture will become clear after the victim's statement is recorded.”

Police sources said they were also trying to ascertain whether a scuffle took place among those present at the party and Jaipal suffered a gunshot during the snatching of his gun by someone. It was also suspected that some of them were in an inebriated condition.

A worker at the restaurant said on condition of anonymity, “We left the premises at 1 am. Everyone was sitting outside. After that we don’t know what happened.”

The restaurant had opened a few days ago. The son of the officer was a partner in it.

Jaipal hails from a village in Kaithal. His cousin suspects foul play in the incident. He said accidental firing couldn't have injured him in the temple.

In another incident at Gymkhana, Sector 3, Panchkula, a resident of Barwala fired three gunshots into the air. The accused, Sanjeev Rana, has been arrested by the police. According to the police, he fired the gunshots thrice in excitement. No one was injured in the incident.



Woman constable hit, dragged on bonnet; 2 held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The start of New Year brought a harrowing time to a woman constable of the UT traffic police who was hit, dragged onto the bonnet of a Zen car and then slapped by a youth in Mani Majra late last night. The woman constable, Sonia Dhankar, was returning home with another woman constable, Poonam, after duty on New Year's Eve when the incident occurred.

The police have arrested two youths, Navdeep and Inderjeet, in a case of attempt to murder, assault on a public servant, rash and negligent driving and causing hurt under Sections 337, 279, 307, 323 and 34 of the IPC. A medical examination of the youths revealed that both of them were in an inebriated condition. One of the accused, Inderjeet, is a private student. A case has been registered at the Mani Majra police station.

The incident occurred at 2.15 am at Mani Majra when constable Poonam and Constable Sonia Dhankar were returning home after duty. Sonia, who was driving an Activa scooter, had just dropped Poonam near the gurdwara in Mani Majra when a speeding Zen car (CH 03 L 2156) hit her scooter from the rear side. Constable Sonia lost balance of the scooter. The car driver tried to flee, but Sonia came on the road to foil his bid. Navdeep, a Mani Majra resident who was driving the car, accelerated due to which Sonia fell on the bonnet of the car and was dragged for around 200 metres. She held on to the wipers of the car tightly even though the driver kept applying brakes in between in a bid to make her fall on the road.

The front seat occupant of the car and co-accused, Inderjeet, then pulled Sonia in an attempt to push her to the ground and also slapped her. Sonia then caught hold of Inderjeet when Poonam also rushed to help her. As they caught hold of the accused Inderjeet, the other accused, Navdeep, fled with the car and was later arrested.

The police reached the spot and Sonia was taken to hospital where she was discharged after being given first aid. She sustained injuries on her hand. Navdeep (27) works for a private company dealing in CCTV cameras. The other accused, Inderjeet, is a BA student. Both constables were posted on traffic duty at the Sector 34/35 light point last night. Sonia is a resident of Shastri Nagar in Mani Majra.

DSP Vijay Kumar said the way the accused tried to run their car over her could have been dangerous and that was why they had added the charges of of attempt to murder in the FIR. Both accused have been remanded in judicial custody.



Policeman held on molestation charge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
A constable with the Haryana Police was arrested for allegedly molesting and teasing a girl in a prominent Hotel in Sector 26 last night. The police arrested Constable Pardeep, a resident of Baganwal village in Bhiwani district in Haryana, on a complaint of the girl.

The police said the girl was celebrating New Year with her friends in a room in the hotel when Pardeep barged in and insisted that the girl dance with him. He was drunk at that time and also tried to molest the girl.

The girl called the police which arrested the accused.

A case of trespass and molestation under Sections 452 and 354-A of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 26 police station.


City Congress chief rushes to Delhi
Defeat on seats of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor not to reflect on LS poll, says Bansal
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
After the railgate scam, former Union Railway Minister and local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal suffered a major political blow today when the BJP sprung a surprise by bagging the posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor in the mayoral elections.

The Congress defeat on these two posts is very crucial as the next parliamentary elections are a few months away. It was the first mayoral elections after the railgate scam, due to which Pawan Kumar Bansal had resigned as Union Railway Minister.

Meanwhile, just a few hours after the mayoral elections, the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee (CTCC) president, BB Behl, rushed to New Delhi to meet senior Congress leaders.

Sources revealed that the party high command would discuss the current political scenario in the city and the results of the mayoral elections with Behl.

Meanwhile, Bansal, while addressing the media, maintained that these results were not any kind of blow to him and would not reflect on upcoming parliamentary elections, as there would be more than 5 lakh voters in the Lok Sabha elections. The mayoral elections and parliamentary elections are altogether different things, he added.

Meanwhile, BJP president Sanjay Tandon said the results of the mayoral elections would definitely reflect on the parliamentary elections where the BJP would definitely be victorious. These results have proved that people now want a Congress-free government, he added.

The BSP’s Lok Sabha candidate from the Chandigarh seat, Jannat Jahan-ul-Haq, said their party was a kingmaker in today’s elections. People now want honest politicians with clean image and they are hopeful that the BSP will win the the Chandigarh LS seat, she added.



BJP’s win worries Cong leaders
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The BJP's strong comeback by wining two key posts in the Municipal Corporation (MC) has left Congress leaders worried. The Congress defeat on the two seat of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor is expected to force the party to mull over a strategy for damage control.

The BJP won the seats of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor after a gap of around 13 years except when SAD candidate Harjinder Kaur, supported by the BJP, had won the Mayoral elections in 2007. The BJP’s win at a time when the nominated councillors were claiming support to the Congress candidates has sent alarm bells ringing in the Congress camp.

A day before the elections, senior Congress leaders held a meeting of all councillors to make sure that everybody cast vote in favour of the Congress candidates. Of a total of 13 nominated councillors, nine had assured the Congress of their support.

Local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal stated that it would be premature to comment as to what led to the defeat of the two party candidates.



Councillors taken aback
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
After winning the Mayoral post, the results of elections to the posts of Senior Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayor, that went against the Congress, led to unrest among the Congress and nominated councillors who were seen rushing to Congress MP Pawan Kumar Bansal while the election process was on, to register their surprise and to discuss what went wrong leading to their defeat on the two posts.

It took no time for the Congress councillors to sense betrayal by the party councillors as soon as the counting of votes for the Senior Deputy Mayor election ended.

Congress candidate Sat Parkash Aggarwal, who was upset after his defeat, rushed to Bansal’s seat. Soon, nominated councillor Sat Paul Bansal also joined them, followed by Subhash Chawla, Darshan Garg and Satish Kainth.

While the Congress MP was surrounded by the Congress councillors, the nominated councillors were also discussing the possible reasons behind the Congress candidate’s defeat.

The Congress got another setback when they lost the Deputy Mayor election also. The discussions continued even after the elections in the rest room for the Mayor.

Meanwhile, nominated and Congress councillors levelled allegations of cross voting against each other. MP Kohli, one of the nominated councillors, said they were united and voted for the Congress candidates.



Applications invited for Vayoshrestha Samman awards
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, New Delhi, has instituted 13 categories of the Vayoshrestha Samman award and the Centre has invited two nominations (maximum) under each category. The Social Welfare Department, Chandigarh Administration, has invited applications from deserving individuals and institutions from among the public for the Vayoshrestha Samman awards to be given on the occasion of international day of the elderly to be celebrated on October 1, to be forwarded to the Centre.

Different categories of the award are: Best institution for research and dissemination of knowledge in the field of ageing, best institution for providing services to senior citizens, best district panchayat, best urban local body, best state in the implementation of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, and providing services and facilities to senior citizens, best private sector organisation in promoting the well being and welfare of senior citizens, best public sector organisation in promoting the well being and welfare of senior citizens, centenarian award, iconic mother award, lifetime achievement award, award for creative art, award for sports and adventure and courage and bravery award.

The application forms could be collected from the office of the UT Director Social Welfare and all eligible individuals and institutions will have to submit their applications under all categories by January 7, 2014. 



PGI to ferry patients on battery-operated carts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Patients at the PGIMER will now be saved from walking around the campus, especially in unpleasant weather conditions as four battery-operated golf carts will ferry them to different buildings on the campus. These environment friendly carts will provide free-of-cost shuttle service to patients and will have two designated stands initially, one each at the New OPD Block and Nehru Hospital.

These carts were today donated by the State Bank of India to the PGIMER besides 1,000 chairs for patient waiting areas in the New OPD Block. The carts will also ferry the PGIMER staff, if needed, to save time in transferring blood samples and documents quickly from one department to the other, said official spokesperson for the PGI Manju Wadwalkar.

The golf carts will be managed and operated by the transport wing of the PGIMER and charging stations will also be set up for these. While a final layout and route for all the four vehicles is yet to be drafted, these will be stationed at New OPD Block and Nehru Hospital/Emergency initially since these two are the most visited areas by patients.

The chairs have been designed according to the requirements of sick patients who wish to lie on the chairs while they wait for their turn at the OPDs. The existing chairs at the OPDs had a significant gap between each other, making it impossible for patients to lie down.

“The new chairs were especially designed in a way that each of the chairs remains joined and allows a patient to lie on two or three chairs, if needed,” said SBI Assistant General Manager, PGIMER branch, NK Talwar.

Two months ago, an NGO, Sangee Sabha, had donated eight chairs with the same design to the PGIMER. This will bring some relief to the more than 10,000 patients and their attendants visiting the PGI OPDs daily and save them from sitting on the floor.

Lingaraj Mahapatra, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India, Chandigarh Circle, Dr Yogesh Chawla, Director, PGI, were present along with other officials during the handing over ceremony today. 



vanity numbers
CH 01AW series: RLA to go for open auction
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) is going for an open auction of vanity numbers for the CH 01AW series. The auction will be held on January 11 and 12.

This would be the second attempt by the RLA to auction vanity numbers in a two-day open auction. Officials said the open auction made sure that the bidders did not form a group to keep the bidding amount low.

Under the open bidding, the bidders are asked to deposit their earnest money on the spot instead of calling pre-bids. "Under the previous system, the bidders used to manage information about the number of bids and contact numbers of the bidders and there was possibility of the bidders negotiating the outcome of bidding," said the officials.

Last time, a Sector 16 resident, Roopinder Singh, was lucky to get 0001 in the CH 01 AV series for Rs 5.30 lakh for his Mercedes car in an open auction conducted by the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA).

It was the second attempt to sell the number after the earlier bidder for the number, Taranjeet Singh, who had made a bid of Rs 7.01 lakh, surrendered the number.



UT Police get mobile control room
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The Chandigarh Police is now equipped with a mobile control room-cum-mini wireless workshop. UT Inspector General of Police RP Upadhyay launched the unit here today.

The mobile wireless workshop is expected to be of use during special occasions like Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations, VVIP visits and during demonstration rallies and dharnas in the city, for distribution of wireless sets, replacement of batteries and technical trouble-shooting.

The workshop has been specially designed to meet the requirement of Wireless Section of the Chandigarh Police.

Besides, the mobile van is fitted with wireless sets of different frequencies and a public address system which will also function as a mini control room in case of emergency.

The vehicle is equipped with an Aska light to help the local police in case of power failure or its requirement in the jungle areas surrounding Chandigarh.

Senior officers of the Chandigarh Police were also present at the launch of the unit.



New Year rang in with cries of newborn for 38 women in city
Tribune News Service

(Clockwise from top) Geeta, Sonal Preet, Rakhi Thakur, Paramjit and Pushpa with their newborns at the GMCH in Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Chandigarh, January 1
As the city cheered on the first day of the New Year, a number of families had a special reason to celebrate. Members of these families welcomed newborns along with the New Year today.

As many as 38 babies were born at government hospitals in the city today. Of them, 21 were boys.

At Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, 15 babies were born today and 11 of them were male.

At the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), 10 babies were born today; five males and as many females. The first baby was born at 12:56 am. “While at our institution, we do not encourage designed deliveries, many parents proved lucky as their babies had natural births today. It was more of a surprise for them,” said an official at the PGIMER.

Of the 13 babies born at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, today, eight were females.

Meanwhile, 14 babies were born in the General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, today. While eight of them were boys, six were girls.
(Clockwise from top) Geeta, Sonal Preet, Rakhi Thakur, Paramjit and Pushpa with their newborns at the GMCH in Sector 32, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan



Baby girl thrown out of auto-rickshaw

Panchkula, January 1
An eight-month-old baby girl was thrown from a moving auto-rickshaw allegedly by her mother in front of the bus stop at Sector 10, Panchkula, this evening.

Alert residents came to the child's rescue and informed the police. Saurabh Malik, a local resident who witnessed the incident, said, "We were shocked on seeing the woman throwing the child. Thankfully, the child did not suffer any injury."

The residents provided the registration number of the auto-rickshaw to the police, who have reportedly identified the woman. Further investigations are on. — TNS



Fire vehicles gather dust
Sub-committee formed to make these functional at the earliest
Our Correspondent

Vehicles of the Fire Brigade Department dumped in a store of the Municipal Corporation in Mohali on Wednesday.
Vehicles of the Fire Brigade Department dumped in a store of the Municipal Corporation in Mohali on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, January 1
Even as the chassis for fire brigade vehicles of the Directorate of Local Government, Punjab, have been rotting away for months in the industrial area here, a sub-committee has now been formed to complete the body-building work to make these functional.

As many as 13 chassis, which were purchased by the Punjab Government about eight months ago, are lying in a state of neglect at the store of the local Municipal Corporation in the Phase I Industrial Area here.

BD Singla, Additional Commissioner (Technical) of the corporation, said he had received a letter from the Directorate today which stated that a four-member sub-committee had been formed to get the work on the chassis of the fire vehicles completed. He would be heading this panel.

Singla said the vehicle chassis had been purchased for various civic bodies in the state. These were lying in a state of neglect because a grant from the Central Government for the purpose had not been released yet, which would have helped complete the work. The grant from the Centre had reached the state treasury and would be released after the necessary formalities were completed.

The Additional Commissioner (Technical) of the corporation said he would be studying office files related to the purchase of these chassis.

Tenders for the completion of the body-building work on the chassis would be called after going through the technical specifications.

It would take at least three months for getting these vehicles ready for dispatch to the civic bodies concerned.



Meet on AAP phenomenon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Prof Manjit Singh of Panjab University today organised a conference on the AAP phenomenon in which a number of people participated.

Punjab and Haryana High Court senior advocate Anupam Gupta, Spokesperson of AAP’s Haryana unit advocate Rajiv Godara, former Punjab MLA Bir Davinder Singh and others were among those others present.

Professor Manjit said they organised the conference because everybody was talking about the AAP and its impact on every citizen.

The speakers expressed their views on the AAP, he added.

Anupam Gupta said it was an important topic and people from all walks of life presented their views on the AAP.



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Cops crack down on violators
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
In a special drive on New Years Eve, the UT police had set up special checking nakas at different locations in city area from 9 pm to 1 am. During the drive 359 vehicles were checked, 60 vehicles were issued challans for various traffic violations.

Besides this, traffic police also laid drunken driving nakas at different part of the city. Total 203 challans were issued by the traffic police, it includes 107 cases for drunken driving, 96 other violations, 108 vehicles were also impounded.

Chandigarh Police Control Room attended 202 spots from 8 pm to 8 am which includes 21 of accidents, 51 of quarrels and 130 miscellaneous calls.

Approximately, 2,300 police personnel from different units of Chandigarh Police were deployed including 12 DSPs and 36 inspectors. Senior police officials were also on patrolling last night.

7 challaned in Panchkula

Seven youths were issued challans near KC theatre at Sector 5, Panchkula, on Tuesday night.

Panchkula Commissioner of Police Rajbir Deswal conducted a surprise checking at the place. The youths were found creating ruckus and were reportedly drunken. They were penalised for drunken driving.

Meanwhile, 18 cases were reported at the General Hospital, Sector 6, last night. Out of these, two were accident cases while others sustained injuries in minor brawls.



‘Saka Sirhind’ staged at Punjab Kala Bhawan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The unique martyrdom of Guru Gobind Singh’s younger sons Baba Fateh Singh and Baba Zorawar Singh was staged at the Punjab Kala Bhawan through a play “Saka Sirhind”.

Daljit Singh, Additional Secretary, SGPC, Chandigarh, graced the occasion.

The script was written by Charan Singh Sindhra. Harpinder directed the play. The cast included Gaurav Sharma, Ashish Sharma, Mohit Rajal, Daljit, Harpinder, Deepanshu Singla, Baljit Noor, Sunny Gill, Tasha Bhawra, Mandip Deol and others.




RBI should ensure customers get clean currency only

The recent initiative of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to implement clean currency notes is a remarkable step. Currency notes, which are scribbled, spoiled, mutilated or brittle, need to be replaced with cleaner ones. The RBI has instructed the banks not to reissue such currency notes once they get them from customers. However, some banks are still issuing the scribbled currency to its customers through ATMs. The banks ought to follow the RBI instructions and ensure that customers get clean currency only. On its part, the RBI should also randomly check bank ATMs to fully ensure that its policy is implemented in letter and spirit.

Arun Kumar Sharma

Need to rethink setting up waste management plant near wildlife sanctuary

While the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is planning to set up a solid waste management plant (SWMP) at Jhuriwala village near Panchkula, it must make a significant note that the site falls in a sensitive zone as it is only 140 meters away from the Khol-Hai-Raitan Wildlife Sanctuary. If such a plant comes up in Jhuriwala, the leachate generated by it will contaminate the surface water as well as the ground water. Since it is poisonous in nature, it will also adversely affect the wildlife. Significantly, the sanctuary houses leopard, cheetal (spotted deer), sambar, wild boar, rhesus monkey, languor, hyena, wild cats, common mongoose, Indian fox, jackal, porcupine etc. If the waste management plant is set up near the sanctuary, it would come at an irreversible cost. It will also attract vultures, kites, hawks etc. which shall endanger the existence of birds in the Berwala bird sanctuary which is also quite close to Panchkula and the nearby hamlets. Though an eight-foot boundary wall has also been proposed to prevent animals from gaining access to the site, setting up a waste management plant near a wildlife sanctuary will certainly pose serious threat to the animals and plants. We must protect and conserve flora and fauna in its wild state rather than turning their habitat into a landscape defaced by garbage, contaminated waste materials, acids, pesticides and toxic gases. Besides, the site falls in a minor catchment area of a river, Ghaggar. If this catchment area is blocked, the river will lose its water source.

Maharaj Krishan Lall



Class X, XII exams
CBSE announces datesheet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The CBSE has announced the datesheet for the final examinations of Classes X and XII. The exams for both these classes will start on March 1.

The Class X examinations will start with the language paper on March 1, including that of Tamil, Sindhi, Marathi, Russian, Painting, Spanish and Kashmiri. The mathematics exam will be held on March 3. Next day, the students will appear for home science exam. Hindi paper will be conducted on March 5. English communication paper will be held on March 7, while March 8 has music and typewriting paper.

Science paper will be conducted on March 10, followed by IT subject on March 11. The students will take Punjabi paper on March 12, followed by social sciences on March 14.

One more optional language paper for Arabic, French, German, Persian, Nepali, Japanese, Urdu and other south Indian languages will be conducted on March 15.

The Class X exams will be over on March 19 with optional paper, including dynamic retail, info technology, security, and automobile tech, etc.

The Class XII examinations will start with English paper on March 1, followed by history on March 4.

Papers of physics and vocational subjects, including electrical machine, travel trade management, optics, find of nursing-II, accomodat and health nursing, have been scheduled for March 5. The students will appear for business studies paper on March 6.

March 8 has papers, including political science, biotechnology and vocational exams, including lab medicines, retail, food service and hygiene, floriculture. Those have classical dance as subject will appear for the exam on March 10. Next day i.e. on March 11, the students will appear for chemistry, applied science, management of bank office, radiation physics and vocational courses papers.

March 13 has language papers of Hindi, German, Nepali, Bodo, Persian and other languages. March 15 is scheduled for biology, Russian, Spanish, cost account, store accounting, mechanical engineering, yoga and other vocational courses papers.

Papers, including mathematics, besides vocational subjects, including cosmetic chemistry, ophthalmic technology, microbiology, textile, bakery, and diagnost radiology, will be held on March 20. The students will take computer science paper on March 22, followed by physical education on March 24.

March 26 has exams for economics and vocation courses, including electrical appliances, horticulture. The exam for multimedia and web, typography, lending operation, food production IV will be conducted on March 28. The next day i.e. on March 29, the students will appear for geography and IT system paper.

Accountancy exam will be held on April 1, while on April 2 the students will appear for the papers of fashion studies, mass media studies and other vocational subjects.

The exam of Punjabi has been scheduled for April 4, followed by Urdu and vocational music on April 9. The students will take sociology paper on April 10 and home science on April 11. The exam of financial accounting will be conducted on April 16.

The entire datesheet of both the classes has been uploaded on the CBSE website.



20 PU students join Aam Aadmi Party
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Around 20 students joined the Aam Aadmi Party by registering themselves as its members during an awareness campaign organised by its workers at Panjab University today.

AAP workers organised an awareness campaign in the university for the first time to mobilise the students for joining the party. They acquainted the students with their voting rights and what should be the criteria to select the candidates for the coming elections?

A party worker said there were about 62 students who shared their views with the AAP to support them against the corruption. The campaign was organised under the leadership of Kamal Kishore Sharma.

He said the party targeted the youth of PU and many of them showed their interest in joining the party.

A number of students enquired from the party workers about how to join the party in the city. The workers said several girls showed special interest to work for the party. Even professors of the university expressed their desire to join the party and work for it.

Worker distributed the party pamphlets, caps and badges among the students and professors on the campus.



Computer teachers seek job stability, better salary
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
The three-month-long contract of computer teachers and data entry operators ended yesterday. Though the contract will be renewed further, the computer teachers said this frequent system of revision of contract was no more acceptable to them.

Protesting against the Education Department for the past one week, they demanded job stability and better salary.

Poonam Taprian, president of the Chandigarh Computer Teachers Union, said all computers teachers and data entry operators working in government schools were harassed with the frequent revision of their contracts.

“Of all 4,300 teachers working in the department, over 200 computer teachers have the worst job conditions. The Education Department has failed to improve it despite a lot of representations and continuous protest,” she said.

The day-long hunger strike of the computer teachers entered the ninth day today. As many as 70 computer teachers and data entry operators gathered at the Sector 20 Masjid Ground.

Everyday five teachers sit for hunger strike from 9 am to 6 pm. Today, four female members and one male member observed hunger strike as part of their resentment against the department. On December 30, the police arrested nearly 50 teachers and released later as they tried to meet the Prime Minister with their list of demands.

The computer teachers said in our contract, there was no provision of salary during the vacations. The government schools were closed from December 25 to January 12 and the computer teachers would not get the salary for these days.

“This is total mental harassment. Till the time we are not paid equal to at least contractual teachers and further the process of our regularisation is not started, we will continue our protest,” a computer teacher said.

They are demanding for their regularisation according to the Punjab Government service rules under which several computer teachers were given regular jobs recently.



PU yet to adopt UGC ‘capping’
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 1
Ironic it may sound Panjab University has not adopted the capping recommended by the UGC for direct recruitment and career advancement scheme (CAS) but has constituted a special committee for recommending amendments to it.

The records of the UGC revealed that on July 24, 2013, a gazette notification for adopting the capping to calculate the academic performance indicator (API) for direct recruitment and CAS was issued, but till date the authorities have not implemented it.

As per the notification, every university has to adopt the capping with immediate effect after the publication of the official gazette.

PU Vice-Chancellor AK Grover said a special committee had been constituted for adopting the capping system. The committee had its first meeting and its recommendations were being awaited before adopting it by the university.

He said: “After the committee submits its suggestion, it will be tabled in the Syndicate and the Senate for the approval and implementation. The agenda will be tabled in the Senate meeting, which will be held in March, after that the capping system will be implemented”.

In September last year, the teachers all over the country protested against the capping after which the PU Vice-Chancellor made a special committee for recommending amendments.

Under the capping, the UGC directed the universities to force the academic performance indicator for the claimant of direct recruitment and CAS. The candidates have to meet the API scores, which include 30 per cent for research papers, 25 per cent for research publications, 20 per cent for research projects, 10 per cent for research guidance and 15 per cent for training courses, conference and seminars.

Under the Clause 6.0.2 of the capping by the UGC, it is clearly mentioned that the university can make amendments in template proforma or their own self assessment-cum-performance appraisal forms for teachers. But the authorities cannot make any changes in any categories or scores of the API set by the UGC.

In a recent meeting with the PUTA representative, the Vice-Chancellor said the capping had not yet been formally adopted by the university.

He said a number of interviews had already been scheduled and these would be as per the old regulations. However, when the university advertised the posts of associate professor and professor, the authorities had to follow the capping as they could not have two different criteria for the CAS and open posts.



10 students get placements

Mohali, January 1
The Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC), Jhanjeri, organised a placement drive on its campus. Four companies, including Tommy Hilfiger, selected 10 students.

The selected students were offered packages ranging between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 3 lakh.

Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, president, CGC, said due to the performance of its students, different national and international companies had organised a job fest at the college.

He said the eligible students of the CGC would be able to get jobs much before they passed out in June 2014. — OC



from schools
NSS camp concludes

The NSS Special Camp at KBDAV-7 ended on a high note on Wednesday with NSS volunteers pledging to support causes of the community and guarding their thought process. The valedictory function commenced with the felicitation of the chief guest, Bikram Singh Rana, State Liaison Officer, Chandigarh. Bikram Singh Rana addressed the NSS volunteers and insisted on individual rectification and transformation. He felt that this was mandatory to bring about a change in the system. He also spoke to the volunteers. He reiterated that the youth of today would be at the helm of affairs tomorrow.

Educational trip

A trip to Kapurthala Science City for the students from Classes VI to X was organised by New India High School, Pinjore. All students enjoyed the trip. They were amazed to know about many secrets of the universe. They were too much excited while riding in different stimulator. Refreshment, along with a lunch, was provided to the students. It was a memorable trip for the students.

Competitions held

Students of New India Senior Secondary School, Sector 15, Panchkula, took part in different activities with great zeal and enthusiasm. The students decorated their classrooms with balloons buntings and stars. There were different competitions held in different categories. A card-making competition was held for the primary, middle and senior classes. The students put their all efforts to beautify the cards. Their imagination and talent was exhibited in the cards.

New Year celebrated

DAV, Mohali, celebrated Christmas and New Year with fervour and enthusiasm. A special assembly was also organised. There was a gamut of activities for the students in which they coloured the worksheets and decorated Christmas tree with iridescent colours. The principal of the institution, Rosy Sharma, acknowledged the efforts of the students and congratulated the teachers and parents for their efforts.

Special assembly

A special assembly was conducted at the auditorium of Doon International School, Sector 69, Mohali, Christmas and New Year celebrations. The kindergarten wing was filled with great enthusiasm when the tiny tots sang jingle bells and carols. All dressed in red and white danced to the tune of foot-tapping numbers and enjoyed cakes, sweets, etc. — TNS



PU notes
Professors get best paper award

Professor Sarwar Beg and Professor Preetkawal Kaur, University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University, recently bagged the best paper award at the annual meeting of the 65th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress (IPC). The annual meeting was held in New Delhi recently. Sarwar Beg, a UGC-meritorious research fellow at the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, got selected among 250 scientists in the technical section of pharmaceutical analysis and quality assurance for his research work entitled, development and validation of a RP-HPLC method for estimation of Nevirapine employing analytical quality by design (QbD). The present work was carried out under the guidance of UIPS Professor Bhupinder Singh Bhoop and NIPER, Mohali Professor Saranjit Singh. Dr Preetkawal Kaur has completed her doctoral research work under the guidance of Dr Maninder Karan and Professor Karan Vasisht. She has been selected among more than 180 participants in the technical section of pharmacognosy and phytochemistry for her research work entitled in vivo assessment of the isolated shanzhiside esters from an Ayurvedic plant - Barleria prionitis Linn.

NSS volunteers hold cleanliness drive

NSS volunteers on Wednesday took out an awareness rally and a cleanliness drive on the PU campus. Vice-Chancellor Professor Arun K Grover addressed the NSS volunteers during the morning session and flagged off the rally. Professor Grover appreciated their efforts, enthusiasm and dedication for social service through this camp. The volunteers were motivated by the Vice-Chancellor. He also joined and led the part of the rally route on the campus. The rally moved from the campus to the EWS Colony in Sector 25. The volunteers raised slogans to create awareness about the cleanliness, environment conservation and social evils. The theme of the rally was to educate the people about keeping their surroundings clean. — TNS



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