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Stray dogs go on biting spree, injure 30
Three children among victims; panic spreads among residents of Sector 20-A; MC-PFA team catches canines
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

A team of the MC catches a stray dog in Sector 20-A, Chandigarh, on Wednesday
A team of the MC catches a stray dog in Sector 20-A, Chandigarh, on Wednesday

Chandigarh, May 7
A locality in Sector 20-A was rattled by a series of dog bites during the past 24 hours that left around 30 residents, including three children, injured.

Though a team of the municipal corporation claimed that it had caught some stray dogs, including a bitch which had attacked a majority of the people, PFA officials said they were not sure whether the bitch had been caught.

Panicky residents are now moving out of their homes with sticks in their hands to guard themselves against such attacks by dogs. Parents are not allowing their children to play alone, said Surinder Singh, a resident of Sector 20-A.

A 68-year-old retired government employee, KL Jhamb, who was attacked by a stray dog on his left leg, said last evening he was returning from a temple, when suddenly a stray dog attacked him. “I immediately went to a nearby private clinic and took the required vaccination,” he said.
Mohinder Singh and Vivek, and (below) nine-year-old Nishtha, who were injured after being attacked by dogs in Sector 20-A, Chandigarh, on Wednesday
Mohinder Singh and Vivek, and (below) nine-year-old Nishtha, who were injured after being attacked by dogs in Sector 20-A, Chandigarh, on Wednesday
Mohinder Singh and Vivek, and (below) nine-year-old Nishtha, who were injured after being attacked by dogs in Sector 20-A, Chandigarh, on Wednesday

Similarly, a stray dog attacked a nine-year-old student, Nishtha, when she was about to board her school bus this morning. Her grandfather, JP Sharma, said at around 7.15 am, Nishtha was ready to go school and was waiting for the bus with her mother and her seven-year-old brother outside their residence. Suddenly, a stray dog attacked her, he said.

“As the government clinic for animal bite cases in Sector 19 was not open, they took her to the GMCH, Sector 32, where she was vaccinated. The cost of the treatment was Rs 8,000,” he said.

“To be on the safe side, they later visited the government clinic in Sector 19 as well,” he said.

Area councillor Rajesh Gupta Bittu said there were around 15 stray dogs in the area. People used to give milk and bread to them, due to which the stray dogs roamed freely in the locality, he said.

The team of the MC and the PFA has caught around 10 stray dogs, which have been kept by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Sector 38, he said.

While a majority of the victims went to the Sector 19 clinic, some others went to private clinics in Sector 20.

Dr Poornima Sehgal, in charge of the Sector 19 anti-rabies dispensary, said around 20 victims from Sector 20 came to the dispensary for vaccination. "If a dog has attacked so many people, there are chances that it may be a rabid dog," she said. They gave the rabies vaccine to the victims along with a dose of serum, which the patients had to purchase from the market. "The serum dose is infiltrated around the bites so that the rabies virus does not travel to the brain. The vaccine, however, takes at least 14 days to generate the antibodies. Till then, the serum provides protection against the rabies," she said.

Payal Sodhi, founder trustee, People for Animals, Chandigarh, said in the present case, they came to know that a bitch was shooed away from some other sector to Sector 20, which created the problem. She appealed to people not to shoo away dogs and instead inform the PFA or the MC.

Number of stray dogs up

The number of stray dogs on Chandigarh streets has soared significantly over the past five years. In 2007, the number was 5,713 whereas the latest census conducted by the UT Animal Husbandry Department last year put the stray dogs figure at 7,847. The population of stray dogs here has risen by about 36 per cent.

What rules say

According to the Centre-notified Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules 2000 (ABC Rules), there is a ban on killing of stray dogs, even the ferocious ones. In the past five years, 6,948 dogs have been sterilised and vaccinated against rabies. The Administration has completely banned commercial breeding of dogs in the city.

Dog pounds nowhere in sight in the city

While the stray dog menace continues to haunt city residents, the higher authorities are sitting over a plan to construct dog pounds in Chandigarh. In view of the increase in cases of dog bites, the UT Administration, in January 2009, had announced to set up two dog pounds (Animal Birth Control Hospital) to free the city of the stray dog menace. However, so far, the MC and UT Administration have only been exchanging letters and nothing concrete has come out.

First aid in case of a dog bite

  • Flush the injured part for at least five minutes, allowing water to run into the dog bite wound. Don’t rub the wound
  • Wash the injury site gently with anti-bacterial soap for five minutes
  • Only anti-septic solutions such as betadine should be applied.
  • Keep the wound uncovered and consult a physician



relief for victims
HC seeks response from civic body
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has sought the response of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation on the issue of compensating dog bite victims.

The directions came after the corporation told the court that it was running a rabies vaccination clinic for providing treatment free of cost to dig bite victims through qualified doctors. However, the corporation had not framed a policy or scheme for providing compensation to dog bite victims in the absence of a statutory mandate.

MC Joint Commissioner Rajiv Kumar Gupta has already informed the HC that 8,199 incidents of dog bites were reported in the rabies vaccination clinic in Sector 19, Chandigarh, from January 2013 to April 2014. Of these, 1,823 cases pertained to bites by pet dogs, while the remaining 6,376 incidents pertained to bites by stray dogs.

He added that in the past five years, 6,948 dogs had been sterilised and vaccinated against rabies, and not even a single case of rabies had been reported in the city. He also told the court that the Administration had completely banned commercial breeding of dogs in the city. Otherwise, on an average, 300 dogs were being vaccinated annually.

Taking up the matter hovering around the presence of stray dogs in the city, the Bench, on the previous date of hearing, had directed the Chandigarh Municipal Commissioner to seek instructions from the UT Administration on setting up of a dog pound in the city.



More trouble in store for Elante Mall
Estate Officer orders initiation of resumption proceedings against it
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
More trouble is on the cards for the management of Elante Mall, Industrial Area, Phase I.

Following an inspection for suspected building violations in the mall by a team of UT officials, Estate Officer Mohammed Shayin has directed the Assistant Estate Officer (AEO) to initiate resumption proceedings against the mall.

The Estate Officer said the AEO had been asked to initiate action as stipulated under the law. Assistant Estate Officer Rahul Gupta was not available for comments.

In its report, the inspection team had pointed out that the "circulation area" on the premises had been used for commercial activity and some of the outlets had gone beyond the specified space. Certain other violations had also been pointed out.

It is learnt that the team found a number of violations in the buildings it inspected today. The team found that several parts of the buildings were not as per the building plans submitted to the Estate Office. The team would submit its report to the Deputy Commissioner (DC).

Premises of Harmony Honda sealed

Continuing with its drive against building violations at commercial sites, a team of the Estate Office today sealed the premises of Harmony Honda, a unit of Joshi Auto Motive, in the Industrial Area, Phase II, and at another site in the Industrial Area, Phase I, here. The team reached the site this morning and sealed the premises.

The Estate Officer got the sites sealed after getting the premises inspected from a committee for violations.



Youth fires at sister’s boyfriend
Accused on the run; mother, sister arrested
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 7
A Chandigarh-based youngster injured a bouncer by opening fire at him for allegedly having an affair with his sister late last night at Phase VI here.

The police have arrested Dolly Rani, a resident of Sector 38 West, Chandigarh, and her daughter Ritu on a charge of attempt to murder after the key accused, Sandeep Khurmi, alias Sunny (son of Dolly Rani), allegedly opened fire at the victim, Khushhal Kapoor, near Kali Mata Temple in Phase VI at around 1.45 am today.

Khushhal, aka Shine, a resident of Sector 56, received two bullets in his thigh and has been admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh, where his condition is stated to be stable.

Sunny and his two unidentified accomplices, who were reportedly with him at the time of the incident, are at large.

Mohali Superintendent of Police (City) Swarndeep Singh said the victim and Ritu were allegedly having an affair. “Last night, Ritu called up Shine and asked him to meet her at Sector 38, where she reached along with her mother, brother and the other accused in the case. Shine went there, but somehow did not stop to meet Reetu. She again asked him to meet her near Kali Mata Temple in Phase VI,” said the SP.

Shine, accompanied by his friend Anuj, went to Phase VI where Sunny allegedly opened fire at him after having a heated argument with him, said the SP.

According to the police, Sunny fired five or six shots at him, but Shine managed to reach his car. “One or two gunshots also hit the car. The accused chased the victim’s car, but fled after seeing a PCR vehicle stationed near Franco Hotel at Phase I,” said the SP.

Shine was taken to the PGI by the PCR policemen.

The SP said Sunny, Dolly and Ritu were also booked in a murder case of an elderly person of Mauli Baidwan village around five years ago. “The trio was recently acquitted in that case,” the SP said.

Meanwhile, the police produced the mother-daughter duo in the court this evening. Both of them were remanded in police custody for a day.

A case under Sections 307 and 34 of the IPC and under the Arms Act has been registered against Dolly, Ritu, Sunny and two other unidentified persons at the Phase I police station.



Multi-crore bank fraud: 6th accused acquitted
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
The Special CBI Court of Vimal Kumar today acquitted the sixth accused in the multi-crore bank scam involving a partner of Shubham Hospital, Panchkula, and several officials of Punjab National Bank.

The court had acquitted the other five accused in the case on May 13 , 2013. The sixth accused, Sandeep Sharma, who was declared a proclaimed offender (PO) by the court, had surrendered before the court in December last year.

Three were six accused in the case, including officials of Punjab National Bank, Sector 16-D, besides Sandeep and Geeta Ram Thakur, the authorised signatory as secretary of the Bishanpura Cooperative House Building Society in Zirakpur, who had signed the agreements with the bank on Sandeep's request.

According to the prosecution case, the bank officials were accused of sanctioning loans worth crores or rupees without verifying Sandeep's papers. Sandeep's total asset value had been shown as Rs 268.5 lakh, while it was reportedly only Rs 112.5 lakh.

According to the investigation, Sandeep managed to secure a loan of over Rs 2 crore from the PNB on documents related to 23 flats in various societies of Panchkula. Investigations revealed that the papers of the flats were forged and the PNB had sanctioned the loan without verifying the documents.

However, the accused was acquitted for lack of evidence.


Mystery deepens in Morni mishap case
Deceased Saman’s missing mobile phone recovered from the girl; she had called a youth after calling Saman
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

The mangled remains of Saman’s car at the Chandimandir police station on Wednesday
The mangled remains of Saman’s car at the Chandimandir police station on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, May 7
Mystery behind the death of 26-year-old Saman Dhanak, the grandson of former Haryana minister Amar Singh Dhanak, whose car fall in a 60-foot-deep gorge in the Morni hills on April 19 deepened today with the victim’s mobile handset being recovered from the girl, who was accompanying him at the time of the incident.

A Special Investigation team (SIT) of the Panchkula Police today recovered the mobile phone from the girl, who was at her house in Baltana, Zirakpur.

However, the girl kept mum when asked why she did not tell that she had Saman’s phone. Her family members said she was still not out of shock.

Notably, the SIT was unable to trace the girl initially as she had given wrong address to the police. After a long hunt, the police finally reached her place in the evening and recovered the mobile phone.
Saman Dhanak
Saman Dhanak

“We went to the address in Baltana, which was given to us by her on the day of accident, and found it to be wrong. Even the local hospital was given the same address. We came to know the right address from the PGI, where she was later admitted,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Jagtar Singh, who is heading the SIT.

The girl was residing in Baltana itself but the address that she gave to the police was the one where they used to live earlier.

Meanwhile, a youth is also under the SIT scanner. The girl had dialled his number immediately after she messaged Saman to reach Café Coffee Day on April 19. The call details of the girl’s mobile showed that after messaging Saman to reach CCD at 3.09 pm, she made a call to the boy at 3.14 pm and then again called up Saman at 3.15 pm.

At that time, she was in the Punjab circle while she claimed that they had left for Morni at 12 noon, said the deceased’s family.



Links in the case that deceased’s family, not police, pointed out
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 7
The police investigation was reportedly sitting on the missing links in the Morni accident case for the last 17 days.

The SIT was constituted yesterday only after the deceased boy’s family members did investigations themselves and came up with several chinks in the police investigation. The police did not work on the preliminary details, which were to be done when a dead body is found, such as possession of mobile phones and scrutiny of the spot, the boy’s family stated.

The family claimed that the girl possessed four phones, of which one she mistakenly left in the car and they learnt several facts which could be worked upon.

In details given to the SIT, the family stated that the girl used internet at 10.05 am for 25 minutes and 44 seconds on April 20 while she claimed that she was in the gorge with no mobile network. Her mobile phone showed sent data of 4 KB and received data of 2 KB.

The mobile phone had the Facebook account of one Puja Gulati, a resident of Dubai, logged in, the boy’s family stated.

The posture of the body appeared as if the hands were tied and it was pulled from under the shoulders. Surprisingly, Saman’s feet were on the hand break while the upper part of his body stretched on to the rear seat. The door on the driver’s side was not stuck and he could have held the steering firmly while falling in the gorge, said the family.

The deceased’s mother said she spoke to Saman at 10.30 pm (when the girl claimed to have fallen in the gorge) and suddenly the phone went switched off.

On calling up again on at 8 am the next day, the phone was found to be busy while the girl claimed that they were stuck in the gorge and there was no mobile network. Also, the headlight of the car was found switched off, which wasn’t possible if the duo was driving at night.

The car keys were not found at the spot. They were provided by the girl, Saman’s family claimed.

Police claims…

  • The police claimed that blood stains were found on the rear seat of the car while the deceased’s family stated that there were no blood stains. The girl had stated that Saman vomited blood.
  • The boy’s family said the rear side of the car was damaged to a great extent, which was possible if it was hit from behind. The police officials probing the matter said while the crane was lifting the car, it fell back into the gorge time and again.
  • As far as the damage on the left side of the car was concerned, the police said while coming to Panchkula from Morni side, the gorge falls on the left side and the car fell while breaking an iron berm.
  • The police also said the car hit several trees while falling into the gorge, which led to the damage on the left as well as rear sides.

Contradictions in girl’s statements

  • On April 20, the girl had stated that they visited Tikkar Taal in Morni on April 19 at 12 noon and they fell into the gorge between 10 and 10.30 pm while they were on their way back.
  • However, some facts that came to the fore later refuted the claims. The girl had messaged Saman at 3.09 pm to come to the Cafe Coffee Day. There was a message on her mobile at 4.51 pm, which read ‘Welcome to Haryana’.
  • At 8 am, Saman’s phone was busy even as the girl claimed that there wasn’t any mobile network on any of their phones.

Cops covering the girl?

The police asked me to become a fake witness to get the girl out of the case. They asked me to give a statement that at the time of accident, my car was behind that of Saman and he lost control over the vehicle and it fell into the gorge. They said by doing this, she would be out of the case. They were trying to make me a false witness.

Naman Dhanak, deceased’s brother



Rape accused doctor evades arrest
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
A day after former District Health Officer (DHO) of Panchkula was booked in a rape case, the UT police failed to get any trace of the accused today.

The police conduted raids at Dr Lalit Vermani's possible hideouts today but to no avail.

Sector 17 police station SHO Inspector Dilsher Singh Chandel said they had conducted a number of raids at Dr Vermani's clinic and residence in Panchkula. “Efforts are on to catch him. We hope to arrest him soon,” he said.

The UT police had yesterday booked the doctor on the charge of raping a 30-year-old woman at a room in Shivalik View Hotel, Sector 17.

The victim, who hails from Hamipur in Himachal Pradesh, is staying in a rented accommodation in Sector 11 here.

In her complaint to the police, the victim alleged that the doctor raped her on the pretext of providing her a job.

CCTV footage raises doubt over victim’s claim

The CCTV footage obtained from the Sector 17 hotel shows the woman entering the room with the doctor and then coming out of the room after some hours.

However, the woman is calm and composed in the footage while coming out. This has raised some doubts about the victim's allegation. A police officer said they were exploring all angles of the case.



Hardip Singh Tiwana elected Mohali Bar Association chief
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 7
Hardip Singh Tiwana of the Toor group has been elected the president of the Mohali Bar Association in the elections held here today.

The rival Longia group, which had already announced Manjit Singh Chauhan as the president of the association along with other office-bearers unanimously on May 5, did not participate in today’s elections.

With the Longia group evading the elections, only 286 votes out of a total of 476 votes were polled today.

While terming the unanimously elected body by the Longia group as invalid, PS Toor, sitting president of the association, said: “Hardip Singh Tiwana won the elections with a margin of 270 votes. His rival, Manjit Singh Chauhan, got only six votes, while four votes were invalid. Gagandeep Singh is the new vice-president. He got 252 votes, while his rival Gurdip Singh got 30 votes”.

Sunil Prashar won the secretary post by getting 256 votes, while his rival Sandip Singh got only 27 votes.

“Geetanjali Bali and Kulwinder Singh are new joint secretary and cashier, respectively,” said Toor.

Those who are elected to the new executive include Damanpreet Kaur, Damanjit Singh Dhaliwal, Avnita Gupta, Bhupinder Verma, Balwinder Singh, Yashpal Singh, Parneet Singh Bhangoo, Sukhbir Singh, Jyoti Bala and PR Mann.

Earlier, elaborate security arrangements were made at the District Courts complex to maintain law and order during the elections.

Notably, the elections that were earlier scheduled for April 24 had been postponed following a ruckus between the members of the two rival groups on that day.



2 parrot chicks, owlets rescued from Sector 30 house
Tribune News Service

Owlets and (below) newborn parrot chicks  rescued from a house in Sector 30, Chandigarh
Owlets and (below) newborn parrot chicks  rescued from a house in Sector 30, Chandigarh. Tribune photos: S Chandan
newborn parrot chicks  rescued from a house in Sector 30, Chandigarh

Chandigarh, May 7
Two injured parrot chicks and two owlets were today rescued by a resident of Sector 30 and later handed over to UT forest officials here this afternoon.

The parrot chicks and owlets got injured after falling from a tree. Before the forest officials were called to take the bird to a rescue centre, the resident provided them shelter to save them from stray dogs and cats. Both the owlets are being kept under the supervision of forest officials at the office of the Forest Department, Sector 19, while the baby parrots were handed over to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for Animals (SPCA), Sector 38, (Dadu Majra). The newly born parrots are believed to be only a few days old and are under serious observation.

“The owlets are in good senses and are being kept under our supervision. However, the baby parrots have been handed over to SPCA officials, as one of them was having a little scar on left eye. The condition of the newborn parrots is stated to be serious as they are believed to be only a few days old. They need proper care,” said Kuldeep, deputy conservator of forest.

“The baby parrots are with us and have been kept under the supervision of doctors. It’s difficult to feed them and that too with natural feed. However, we are trying our level best. One of them is having injury in the eye and is in danger,” said Dr JS Kochar, president of the SPCA.

“Our officials will take both baby parrots, with them, to look after them in the night. And a proper check up will be performed again on both of them on Thursday. Hopefully, they will recover soon,” he added.



Social Welfare Dept to launch software to help track callers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
To act promptly on the calls received at UT Social Welfare Department helpline numbers, the department is launching a new software next month. It will help in tracking the caller and deputing their nearby counsellors immediately for assistance.

Director of the department Rajesh Jogpal said through this software, the department would be able to trace the callers by engaging the volunteers of the area from where the call was received. This would provide needful assistance to the caller immediately, if required.

He said the department was at the final stages of launching this software.

Records of the helpline revealed that during the previous financial year, the maximum calls received were 3,738 from women who were in need of help and assistance. In majority of the cases, the calls were regarding marital dispute, domestic violence, dowry, dispute with neighbours, employer, ex-husband, father, land lord and tenant. Even calls regarding eve-teasing, cheating, extra-marital affairs and property dispute were on the higher side.

Of the total number of 605 calls on child helpline, the maximum were regarding admission to various child care institutions, cases of harassment, domestic issues, missing, kidnapping, runaway and child labour. There were also a few calls regarding child abuse and neglect and disability issues.

As per records, 403 calls were received from senior citizens, of which the maximum number of cases involved neighbourhood and domestic disputes, abandonment, pension enquiry calls and cases of economic frauds.



UT mulls major changes in its excise policy
Prices of liquor may come down
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
The Chandigarh Administration is going in for major changes in the excise policy for the financial year 2014-15.

After sticking to the system of charging fixed excise duty for a range of products, the Administration is now going to charge duty at a fixed per cent of the landed cost of products, indicating that the prices of liquor could come down.

To finalise various aspects of the excise policy, the UT Administrator, Shivraj Patil, convened a meeting today.

Sources said apart from cutting down the liquor quota of 2 crore proof litre by over a half, the Excise Department was toying with the idea of bringing down the number of vends without disturbing the revenue of the department.

But the top brass was keen on keeping the total number of vends at 215.

Officials pointed out that the department had been pushing hard to sell all vends. But out of the total existing 104 liquor vends, there are no takers for 22.

Though the existing excise policy 2013-2014 comes to an end on April 30, the Administration had decided to extend the policy for one month, till May31.



Yuvraj Singh gets tax notice
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, May 7
The Central Excise Department has issued a show-cause notice to cricketer Yuvraj Singh seeking payment of service tax to the tune of Rs 46.60 lakh on an income from a promotional activity.

A senior official of the Central Excise Department, Chandigarh region, said the service tax dues pertain to the financial year 2012-13.

The notice was pasted outside the cricketer’s house in Mani Majra here.

It is learnt that Yuvraj Singh paid Rs 36 lakh as service tax against the tax demand raised on payment of Rs 4.14 crore received from Sahara Adventure Sports for carrying out a promotional activity. However, the cricketer failed to pay the pending amount till date.

“We will look into the matter,” said RK Kapoor, Yuvraj’s manager.



UHBVN official suffers brain haemorrhage
Hina Rohtaki/TNS

Panchkula, May 7
The dealing hand of the legal affairs of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vidyut Nigam (UHBVN) suffered a brain haemorrhage last evening and slipped into coma.

Jaswinder Singh has been admitted to the Fortis Hospital in Mohali and his condition is stated to be critical.

His family said he could not withstand the shock on learning that the official car of the UHBVN’s managing director and its bank accounts were attached.

“He was tense due to this case and was shocked to know about the attachment,” said Jaswinder’s daughter Damanpreet.

Meanwhile, UHBVN has moved an application in the court stating that its building may not be attached as it is on rent.

The case has been deferred for May 9.



Thalassaemia Day
Thalassaemia patients share their tales of struggle
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
For Jasmeet Singh (18), suffering from thalassaemia, life has an altogether new meaning.
Thalassaemic patients Sanchit Garg (in pink) and Jasmeet Singh (in black) during a function at the Rotary Blood Society, Sector 37, in Chandigarh on Wednesday
Thalassaemic patients Sanchit Garg (in pink) and Jasmeet Singh (in black) during a function at the Rotary Blood Society, Sector 37, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

He says the mission of his life is to join an NGO spreading awareness on the disease and to sensitise the masses.

While speaking at the celebration of Thalassaemia Day, organised by the Rotary Blood Bank Society today, Jasmeet said, “I want to spare time from my schedule and motivate children suffering from the disease to lead a normal life.”

“How you take the pain and trauma of this disease depends on how you lead your life with positivity”, said Jasmeet.

“The day I entered the hospital for a blood transfusion, I felt there was something wrong with my body. Else I was living a normal life like others,” he added.

Sanchit Garg, a Class III student, also suffering from thalassaemia, said, “I’m happy that doctors love to meet me. I visit the hospital every month to interact with them.”

As part of the celebrations, the Rotary Blood Bank Society today organised a get-together for the thalassaemia patients registered with them.

The Blood Bank director Dr Manish Rai said the bank also had the facility for free cryoprecipitates factor VIII for the haemophilia patients round-the-clock without any replacement donor.



Lecture on behavioural issues of children
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
The Union Territory Child Protection Society under the aegis of the Department of Social Welfare organised a sensitisation programme on the behavioural issues of children today.

Prof Devi Sirohi, chairperson, Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights, was the chief guest.

As many as 180 people, including children, teachers, parents, counsellors and NGOs members (YTTS, Theatre Age) were present at the training programme.

Prof Sirohi said teachers should work towards bridging the gap between themselves and students.

The training programme emphasised on child rights.

The protection officer, institutional care, Tabhsum Khan, delivered a lecture on the importance of child rights. She also briefed the audience on various types of child rights.

During the second session, Anamika Passi, protection officer, institutional care, delivered a lecture on the Juvenile Justice Act or POCSO Act. She educated the audience on the Juvenile Justice Act and its features.

During the third session, member secretary-cum-director, Social Welfare, Rajesh Jogpal, delivered a lecture on Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) provision and the work done by the department for the welfare of children under the scheme.

In another session, GMCH Sector-32 associate professor of the Department of Psychiatry Dr Rushi delivered a lecture on behavioural issues, how to make a child share his secrets.

She explained how parents and teachers should understand the problems of children.



CBSE comes to rescue of students
Asks its affiliated schools to conduct improvement exam for Class IX pupils
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
In the wake of poor results of Class IX students of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in the re-appear exam held in April, the board has asked its affiliated schools to give a special chance to the students to clear the examinations by July.

The special improvement exam will be conducted in July.

As per the notification issued to all the schools, the board has mentioned that since this was the first year of the implementation of the Summative Assessment Pattern in Class IX, a large number of students were not aware of the rules and could not fare well in the re-appear examination, conducted in April.

The new evaluation system for Class IX makes it mandatory for the students to score a minimum of 25 per cent marks in both the Summative Assessments (SA) -1 and SA- 2 combined together, which is at least 15 marks out of 60, to qualify for Class X.

Though the new notification has given a large number of students — who could not clear the re-appear examination — a sigh of relief, however, educationists say a special chance would not make much of a difference.

The educationists said over the years, the students had been promoted without proper evaluation of their skills and knowledge due to which, basic concepts were not clear to a majority of them.

While confirming the instructions issued by CBSE, principal of Government Model High School, Sector 25, Sudesh Mittal, said, “We will conduct special classes for students who had failed the exam. We have ample time to prepare the students before conducting the special examination.”

Principal of DAV School, Sector 15, Rakesh Sachdeva, also a CBSE councillor, said, “The schools should conduct the second examination before the summer vacations so that students are promoted to Class X. Else their studies will be affected and they will find difficulty in covering up the syllabus of the next class.”

“These students should be given special classes for 15-20 days and then their re-examination should be conducted,” she added.

New Evaluation System

The new evaluation system for Class IX makes it mandatory for the students to score a minimum of 25 per cent marks in both the Summative Assessments (SA) -1 and SA- 2 combined together, which is at least 15 marks out of 60, to qualify for Class X.



Finally, Panjab University revises rates of remuneration
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
Finally, Panjab University (PU), has revised the rates of remuneration for the evaluation of post-graduate and under-graduate examination answersheets. The new rates will be implemented with effect from April 1, 2014.

PU spokesman said today that PU Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover had approved the recommendations of the committee, constituted by him to look into the issue.

The committee was headed by PU Dean University Instructions Prof AK Bhandari and included many senior officers and PU fellows as its members.

Following the revision, the evaluator will now receive 
Rs 18 for checking the under-graduate answersheet, while Rs 22 will be given for a post-graduate answersheet.

Earlier, a paper-checker received Rs 15 for evaluating an under-graduate answersheet, while Rs 18 was for a post-graduate answersheet.

The recommendations of the committee to constitute another panel, to look into other issues, has also been accepted.

For the past two years, Panjab University authorities have not revised the rates of remuneration for the conduct of various university examinations, paper-setters and evaluators of teaching and non-teaching staff. Sources said the authorities had not convened a meeting of the special committee which revises the rates as per the mechanism set by the university.

The changes

The evaluator will now receive Rs 18 for checking the under-graduate answersheet, while Rs 22 will be given for a post-graduate answersheet



Life on the edge: More males die of poisoning in tricity, reveals study
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
The male death rate in Chandigarh due to poisoning is highest in the tricity.

This was revealed in a study conducted by Dr Dalbir Singh, head, Department of Forensic Medicine, PGIMER.

As per the research data, out of 657 poisoning cases collected from the tricity, as many as 251 cases were from Chandigarh, 117 from Mohali and 38 from Panchkula.

Out of the total 657 cases, 336 were males (51.4 per cent) and 321 females (48.6 per cent).

While interacting with mediapersons here today, Dr Singh said the findings are from a study conducted in 2012.

The study shows that the causes of high male percentage were failure in examinations, failure in love, sibling rivalry, unemployment, financial disputes. While the main causes for high female percentage are dowry, marital disputes and sickness.

The study also found that 21.7 per cent individuals took the step owing to sickness, followed by 18.5 per cent due to mistake or accidentally and 17.2 per cent due to family disputes.

The study also reveals that a majority of victims of poisoning in the tricity were in the age group of 19-26 years (35.4 per cent), followed by those in the age group of 26-40 years (31.2 per cent), 40-60 years (15.1 per cent). The least affected were the senior citizens above the age group of 60 years (2.2 per cent).

Male preponderance was observed in all age groups but it was higher in the age group of 14-19 years, where the females outnumbered males with 55 per cent.

Around 69 per cent of poisoning cases were reported from the urban areas.

The proportion of poisoning was found more in married females than in married males whereas this trend reversed in unmarried males than females in the tricity.

The study also reveals that 29 per cent victims were students followed by 21 per cent housewives, 10 per cent private job employees, 9 per cent businessmen, 8 per cent government servants and 7 per cent skilled workers.

A majority of the students included those pursuing graduation courses (35 per cent), followed by those studying in senior secondary schools in Class XI-XII (28 per cent). The least involved were those pursuing post-graduation or Doctorate courses (6 per cent).

The study also shows that the maximum incidence of poisoning (78 per cent), was among those from nuclear families, followed by joint families (18.5 per cent). The lowest percentage of 3.5 per cent included those residing alone.

During the study, the team found that poisoning with suicidal intent was observed in 56.7 per cent as the most common cause, followed by 41 per cent accidental poisoning and 2.5 per cent homicidal poisoning.

It was observed that the maximum number of victims (48.3 per cent) took carbamate, followed by therapeutic poison (25.4 per cent), alcohol (10.6 per cent) and fuels (5.2 per cent), Aluminium phosphide (3.9 per cent) and food-based poison (3.9 per cent). However, domestic poison, chemicals and corrosive poison were also found to be taken by 2.7 per cent individuals.

The findings

As per the research data, out of 657 poisoning cases collected from the Tricity, as many as 251 cases were from Chandigarh, 117 from Mohali and 38 from Panchkula. Out of the total 657 cases, 336 were males (51.4 per cent) and 321 females (48.6 per cent).



NCC naval wing camp begins at Ropar
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
As part of the NCC naval wing training, a 10-day annual training camp for the cadets of various schools in the city is being conducted by the No. 1 Chandigarh Naval Unit at the NCC Training Academy, Ropar

As many as 302 cadets, including 56 girls, are attending the camp, which is being commanded by Cdr US Thakur.

The cadets will be given training to inculcate the spirit of camaraderie and develop the art of leadership.

Guest lectures by various speakers have been planned for the cadets to develop their overall personality. The camp will continue at the NCC Academy till May 15.


As many as 302 cadets, including 56 girls, are attending the camp, which is being commanded by Cdr US Thakur. The cadets will be given training to inculcate the spirit of camaraderie and develop the art of leadership



Office-bearers elected

Chandigarh, May 7
The new office-bearers of the DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh Teachers Union took charge of office today during the general house meeting. The office-bearers included Dr Shaminder Singh Sandhu as president, Dr Harinder Kaur as vice-president, Prof Rosy Ahluwalia as secretary, Deepti Madan as joint secretary, Prof Jyotirmaya Khatri as finance secretary, Prof Satish Gandhi and Dr Sumita Bakshi as auditors.

The opening address to the general house was made by staff secretary Prof Anil Sharma. The newly-elected president Dr Shaminder Singh Sandhu briefed the panel and spoke on strengthening the union and taking up challenges with the support of the staff members. — TNS



from schools
Cancer awareness

Chandigarh: A presentation on cancer awareness for the students of Classes IX and X was held at St. Mary’s School. The event was organised by the Global Cancer Concern, India. The resource person Vaneet Marwaah briefed the students on the symptoms, causes and precautions regarding the disease. The students found the visual presentation informative, comprehensive and engrossing.

Save water, save life

The students of Tribune Model School today kicked off a campaign ‘Save water, save life’ this summer. The students performed a mime act ‘Water, the treasure’. They highlighted how water would be kept Students of Tribune Model School, Sector 29, take part in the ‘Save water, save life’ campaign on the campus in Chandigarh on Wednesday in safety locks instead of money in future. They also sang a song “What do we need when the land is dry”. The students also took a pledge to conserve water. They also made their beautiful paintings to sensitise the others. School principal Vandana Saxena encouraged the students to save water.
Students of Tribune Model School, Sector 29, take part in the ‘Save water, save life’ campaign on the campus in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Tagore Day

Panchkula: A special assembly on Tagore Day was held at Satluj Public School, Sector 4. The students discussed the life and achievements of Rabindranath Tagore. Poems and songs were recited from ‘Gitanjali,’ which was awarded the Nobel prize for literature. Principal Krit Serai also briefed the students on Tagore.

St. Teresa student shines

The Olympic Association of India organised ‘Wings for Life World Run’ for students from across the country. A total of 2,000 students took part in the meet, held at Sonepat on Sunday. All over the world, as many as 34 countries saw a parallel competition being held for people of various age groups. Virender, a student of Class VIII of St. Teresa School, won the medal on behalf of Wings for Life World Run.

Beat the heat

To beat the scorching summer heat, Saupin’s School, Panchkula, organised an inter-house cool summer drinks and beverages competition. Many students participated in the screening competition, following which the teachers finalised the candidates. The students enjoyed the activity and were educated on keeping their body cool during summers. — TNS

Students strike a pose during their investiture ceremony at RIMT School in Mani Majra on Wednesday Students strike a pose during their investiture ceremony at RIMT School in Mani Majra on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan



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