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Youths open fire in Sec 17; 2 hurt
Were infuriated over being turned out from party for creating ruckus
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Panic gripped the Sector 17 market here this evening after assailants in a Tata Safari fired shots at two persons, including a bouncer, leaving them injured. Both the injured have been admitted to the PGI. The police have identified the assailants and efforts are on to nab them.

The incident occurred after a birthday party got over at The Buzz Lounge and Club in Sector 17 at 7.30 pm. Three youths who were invited to the party created a ruckus in an inebriated state earlier following which the bouncer, Rahul, turned them out. Rahul is a resident of Sector 40.

Infuriated over being turned out, the youths returned in a white Tata Safari when the party was over. The bouncer, Rahul, was at that time accompanied by Pradeep, who had come to pick him up and was standing outside The Buzz. The Tafa Safari had ‘Multani’ written on it.

The youths in the Tata Safari then fired three shots at the two, creating panic in the area. While one shot was fired into the air, two bullets hit Pradeep and Rahul, leaving them injured. While the gunshots were aimed at Rahul, Pradeep got injured accidentally as he was with Rahul at that time.

The youths then fled after hurling abuses at Rahul and leaving the two in a pool of blood. Rahul sustained a bullet injury in his hip while Pradeep was injured in the thigh. Passersby rushed both of them to the PGI and called the police.

The party was hosted by Rattan Lubana.

The police have registered a case of attempt to murder at the Sector 17 police station.



Mechanical engineer, two others held for ATM thefts
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 19
A mechanical engineer has been arrested along with his two accomplices for bid to break open ATMs in and around Panchkula. The three youths have confessed to their involvement in lifting an ATM in Baddi on February 16. Their mobile location was also traced to the area that day. The police are also suspecting their involvement in the lifting of an ATM containing Rs 16 lakh from the Chandimandir area in Panchkula last year.

The three, Manjit, Hargyan and Mohammad Nazeem, were arrested by the police while they were planning to strike at an ATM in Pinjore last night. A patrolling party saw them near the Mallah road and felt suspicious.

The police recovered gas cutters, rods, an oxygen cylinder, a country-made pistol, a gas cylinder, a rope and monkey caps from their auto. During interrogation, they admitted to have made attempts of ATM thefts at Pinjore, near Saket Hospital, Beer Ghaggar and in the Chandimandir area.

The three youths learnt the gas-cutting technique to break ATMs on the Internet.

Manjit, a resident of Bihar, is a mechanical engineer and was working with a firm. The other two, Hargyan and Nazeen, are auto drivers. According to sources, Manjit was not getting enough salary and decided to enter the world of crime.

Surpisingly, the oxygen cylinder that was used in the gas-cutting technique was stolen from an ambulance of the General Hospital, Sector 6. Manjit was known to Nazeem, who introduced him to Hargyan.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashwin Shenvi said, “They have confessed to their involvement in ATM thefts. The Baddi police are working on the case. We have provided them the leads.”

Recently, the Panchkula police had nabbed a mechanical engineer for committing thefts in Panchkula. The engineer, Vikas, had said that unemployment pushed him into the crime.

Took cue from the Internet

The police said the three youths learnt the gas-cutting technique on the Internet.

They also learnt where the money is kept in the machine and how the gas cutter is used.

The oxygen cylinder used by them for the purpose was stolen from an ambulance of the General Hospital, Sector 6, by posing as patients.



For Kirron Kher, the major challenge lies ahead
City residents have a lot of expectations from the new Member of Parliament, want her to deliver fast
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
After getting a clear mandate to perform, it is time for BJP MP Kirron Kher to deliver. True to the sprit of the party’s post-victory slogan, "Achhey din aa gaye hain", the actor-turned-politician needs to come out with a blueprint as to how she intends to make the Administration more responsive and sensitive to the basic needs of city residents.

Upon her also lies the onus of addressing the city’s immediate concerns such as ensuring that the Administration makes adequate arrangements to meet the shortage of 29 million gallons per day (MGD) of potable water and around 50 MW of power during the peak summer season.

Various pressure groups such as residents' welfare associations and industrialists' bodies have been knocking at the door of the Ministry of Home Affairs to get their issues addressed, some of which have been pending for over five years. They say the new MP will have to be pro-active in making officials move and become the game changer as far the city’s state of affairs are concerned.

Typical of the functioning of the UT top brass, the Administrator’s Advisory Council, responsible for advising the Administration on development issues and policy matters affecting the city, has not held a single meeting in the past year and a half. The Administrator’s public darbar is a formality.

In her election campaign, Kirron Kher had announced to conduct a janata darbar once in every three months.

The Administration has been sitting on the Right to Service Act despite instructions from the Centre to frame policies under it. Time-bound services in the citizens' charter, which have already been implemented by Punjab, are still a distant dream for city residents.

Despite the municipal corporation having a budget of Rs 792 crore, including a budget of over Rs 80 crore this year for recarpeting of roads, a number of roads in the city are in bad shape.

The city desperately needs an efficient public transport system by supplementing the ageing fleet of buses with the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking and boosting the infrastructure. The transport undertaking is short of at least 100 buses.

Key issues that need to be addressed

  • Increase in the floor area ratio for CHB flats
  • Allowing need-based changes in CHB flats
  • Conversion of leasehold residential and commercial property into freehold
  • Allowing allottees of cooperative house building societies to transfer share after paying the transfer fee
  • Single window complaint redressal system
  • Employees' housing scheme
  • General housing scheme
  • Transfer of property on the basis of the general power of attorney
  • Efficient public transport system

High hopes

No one has addressed the issue of need-based changes in 45,000 flats of the CHB. If they allow more floor area ratio in general houses, the same should be applicable in case of CHB flats. While UT officials fail to act, the politicians have been promising. We have hopes from the new MP. — Nirmal Dutt, chairman, CHB Residents Federation



The big North-South power divide in the city
Uninterrupted electricity supply for VIP sectors; southern areas face the heat
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
City residents residing in northern VIP sectors are getting uninterrupted power supply while those residing in southern sectors have been forced to put up with power cuts. Since April 22, the residents of VIP sectors (Sectors 1 to 10) only faced six hours of scheduled power cuts --- two hours each in Sectors 2, 4 and 10. However, during the same period, there have been power cuts totalling 110 hours in the remaining sectors, including the southern sectors, according to the power cut schedule of the UT Electricity Department.

The posh Sector 7 A, which houses the residences of UT Adviser KK Sharma and other senior IAS and IPS officials of Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, besides politicians, there was no scheduled power cut in the past one month.

While the northern sectors are home to politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen, a majority of the service class people resides in the southern sectors.

UT Powermen Union general secretary Gopal Dutt Joshi said UT officials always ensured 24-hour power supply to the VIP sectors. "Whenever there is a power breakdown in northern VIP sectors, which is rare, the Administration restores the power supply by drawing power from the 11 substations of the southern sectors. However, when southern sectors witness long power cuts, the UT Administration never supplies electricity from the share of the northern sectors, which have three substations, to them," he said.

If there is a power outage in the VIP sectors, the department connects the respective transformers either with the supply from the 66 kV station in Sector 12 behind the Punjab and Haryana Secretariat or with the supply from Kishangarh to ensure uninterrupted supply.

UT Superintending Engineer (Electricity) MP Singh rejected the "north-south divide theory". He said the Administration treated every consumer equally. As the population and commercial establishments were more in the remaining sectors as compared to Sectors 1-10, the pressure on the load in these areas was high, he said.



Now, sand mafia targets industrial plots in Mohali
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

A plot from where soil has been excavated in the Industrial Area, Phase VIII, Mohali, on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Mohali, May 19
While cases of illegal mining of sand and gravel are rampant on shamlat land (common land) in the rural belt, forest land and river beds, now the sand mafia has targeted industrial plots in the IT sector in Phase VIII-B (Sector 74) of the Industrial Area here.

Around 50 acres in the industrial sector have been targeted where five to 10-foot-deep huge pits can be seen in several pockets due to the excavation of soil. Soil/sand worth several crores of rupees has been excavated by the mafia.

The industrial plots in question belong to several industrialists, but the possession of the plots is yet to be given to them by the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC).

“I was shocked to see a huge pit in my plot when I visited the area a fortnight ago,” said a plot owner on condition of anonymity. He said he had apprised the Mohali Industry and Commerce Association of the development. “I did not approach the PSIEC or the police for obvious reasons,” said the plot owner.

Shockingly, senior functionaries of the PSIEC expressed ignorance about the development even though some top IT industries have set up their establishments in the area.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, PSIEC Managing Director Y Mahajan said, "It (excavation of soil from industrial plots) is news for me. I have no idea about it."

“I will soon send a senior official to the spot. If something wrong is found there, action will be taken against those responsible,” said Mahajan.

A visit to the spot revealed that a proper way has been paved alongside the road after breaking its berm to enter a big plot. Fresh marks of wheels of trucks and tractor-trailers could be seen in the pits there.

Nikhil Saraf, president of the Mohali Industry and Commerce Association, said he had received complaints from a few plot owners regarding illegal mining from their plots. “Illegal mining is taking place in the area. Action should be taken by the PSIEC in this connection and a case should be registeredd,” said Saraf.



Cops changed weapon boxes, claims resident
Had deposited these before LS poll
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
A resident of Sector 27, who went to the Police Lines in Sector 26 to claim his weapons back which he had deposited before the poll, has alleged harassment. The resident, Rupinder Singh, a businessman, said the original boxes of his three weapons had been tampered with.

“We had deposited three weapons, including two revolvers and an Italian-make gun, at the Police Lines on March 14. When we deposited the weapons, these were shown to the authorities and we sealed them in original weapon boxes which came along at the time of the purchase,” he said.

“Today, we went to take the delivery of our weapons and were surprised to see that our weapon boxes were not there. Instead, there was an ordinary box. The gun box, which was original, had a big sketch pen number marking on it. Asked why they did this, they said they had to put a number on it. I was disturbed by seeing this as these weapons have a value.” he said.

Boxes not changed: DSP

DSP Suman Kumar said the boxes had not been changed and the person was lying. “We did use the marking as its part of our procedure,” he said.



Re-assessed lease amount offered by ut
Golf Club gets 15 days to decide
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Just more than two months after the Punjab and Haryana High Court indicated that the lease row between the Chandigarh Golf Club (CGC) and the Chandigarh Administration would be decided on judicial side instead of mediation, a Division Bench today gave 15 days time to the elite club to decide on the re-assessed lease amount offered by the UT.

The High Court also directed that the UT Administration shall not use coercive measures to recover the lease amount from the club during these 15 days.

As the case came up for resumed hearing on Monday morning, the counsel for the UT Administration told the court that the Administration had revised the lease amount from Rs 13.44 lakh to Rs 10.02 lakh per month from the CGC for financial year 2008-09.

The counsel also asserted that further lease amount would be fixed for subsequent years after considering proportionate hike on the base amount of Rs 10.02 lakh per month fixed from 2008-09.

Taking a note of the submissions, the High Court asked the club management to take a decision on the acceptability of the re-assessed leases amount within 15 days.

The Bench headed by Justice SK Mittal had on the previous date of hearing asked the Administration to file its reply to the petition filed by the Golf Club against the fresh terms of lease renewal and hike in amount.

The notice came after attempts by the High Court to sort out the issue through mediation failed. The case will now come up for further hearing on May 19. The High Court, on a previous date of hearing, was informed that Supreme Court’s former Judge Justice Kuldip Singh was no more mediating.

Justice Kuldip Singh was appointed as a mediator by the High Court to resolve the renewal of lease row between the Golf Club and the Chandigarh Administration. The High Court had earlier made it clear that it wanted the Administration and the club to put their heads together for resolving the row. Seeking directions for setting aside the order/letter issued by the Administration on November 15 and 16, last year, the club had contended that the same was totally illegal, arbitrary and discriminatory.

The Administration, vide the letter, had asked the club to deposit lease money from March 16, 2008, to March 15, 2013. The amount, as per the calculations, comes out to be Rs 9, 27, 48,000.

Directions were also sought by the club to extend the lease of the petitioner society either in terms of draft lease proposed by letter December 2, 2009, or on terms similar to that of the Delhi Golf Club, both in terms of lease money as well as the tenure.



Assault on mentally challenged person at RIMH
‘Problem child identified’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
While the inquiry into the case of assault on a 41-year-old mentally challenged person at the Regional Institute of Mentally Handicapped (RIMH), last week, is still in progress, the teachers today identified the “problem child”, who possibly inflicted the injuries on him. A final report is yet to be submitted but our teachers have identified the inmate with whom the 41-year-old, perhaps, had an altercation, said Dr BS Chavan, Joint Director, RIMH.

Dr Vani Ratman, Principal of the school, visited the Command Hospital in Panchkula today, where the 41-year-old is currently admitted and recorded the statements of his mother and the doctors who performed the life-saving surgery on him.

“It is important to note that the other person who is supposed to have attacked him is not a psychiatry patient- as is being perceived by most parents. He is also suffering from mental retardation. Besides, for us, the larger issue of concern is to identify and implement ways to avoid such incidents in future,” Chavan added.

The case

On May 13, a 41-year-old inmate was attacked and sustained grievous injuries to his private parts. He was rushed to the Command Hospital (as requested by his mother) while bleeding badly. He underwent a life-saving surgery at the hospital the same day. He is currently under observation. An inquiry was marked into the matter after media intervention.



Tame aggression: Experts
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
Following the incident of assault on the 41-year-old mentally challenged person at the Regional Institute of Mentally Handicapped (RIMH), parents of inmates took exception to common classrooms for persons with different disabilities. Experts from the field have suggested possible causes for the incident and solutions.

“A separate institution for each category is a far-fetched solution, while staff needs to identify aggressive inmates and work rigorously towards bringing down their aggression through medication and techniques, experts said.

“Given the fact that in a government setting, approval and processes consume a lot of time, some immediate solution has to be thought of here. Having separate buildings for them is a far-fetched solution,” said Dr Adarsh Kohli, consultant psychologist, PGIMER.

“Rather, the staff should be involved in identifying the aggressive inmates and pay additional attention to them so that they can pacify the tendency of hurting others in them. There are a variety of techniques as well as therapies, medication for it,” she added.

Meanwhile, Dr Simi Waraich, consultant psychologist, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, said, “Mental health is still very low on the priority list of decision-makers, especially in northern India. Doctors make efforts, but they are forced to restrict themselves due to unavailability of resources. Improving the strength of trained nursing staff and psychiatric social workers should be the top priority.”



Failure to solve issues close to the heart of residents led to defeat: Pawan Bansal

Former Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal feels that residents did not vote for the overall development and rather voted against their issues not being solved. With 15 years of stint as an MP, running across three consecutive terms, the 65 year-old vetran feels his agenda of banking on the development works did not work wonders. Having announced to hang his boots, the old war horse in politics speaking to Chandigarh Tribune says that he has only announced not to contest election but will continue to be in public life and work for the people. Excerpts.

How do you take your defeat?

The defeat is a pronounced one and decisive. People have said that I had enough of an innings. I have announced not to contest elections, but I will continue to be in public life.

What will be your role at the Centre or in the city politics?

I have no plans so far. It is for the central leadership to decide. The party and the people have given me so much. It is time to pay back. People still come to me with problems.

Is the local unit of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee being changed?

There is no change that I am aware of.

What led to your debacle?

Failure to solve the issue that was close to the heart of residents and influential groups

What were the issues?

The core issues of the city like providing relief to CHB allottee, allowing transfer of cooperative house building flats on the basis of transfer fee, reducing the penalty of Rs 500 per sq yard fine being charged from traders and no employee housing scheme remained unsolved. I kept on taking up the issues with UT officials, but the files were brushed under the carpet and no decisions were taken.

What was the difference between the 2009 and 2014 elections ?

In 2009, issues like transfer of flats in cooperative house building societies on paying nominal transfer fee, allowing additional floor in rehabilitation tenements were solved. But in 2014, the previous decisions were either reversed or no decisions were taken by the Chandigarh Administration.

Were 10 years not enough to show results ?

People stiil gave me five more years after 2004 elections. I did make efforts to take up the issue but was not successful in getting the results. But people want results. The development works undertaken in the city and a number of trains started from the city did not make any impact.

Who is to blame for the Congress debacle in the city ?

I do not blame any individual. It is the sorry state of affairs and the result of combined action of the political parties. It is because of the false campaign in the booth scam that no officer is ready to take decision wherever it involves financial interest.



MC sends reminder to UT Chief Architect
Seeks information on places where hoardings can be installed in Elante Mall
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The Municipal Corporation (MC), Chandigarh, has sent a reminder to the UT Chief Architect seeking information on the permissible places where hoardings can be installed in the Elante Mall. The enforcement wing of the MC had removed the hoardings from the mall on April 26, however, before slapping a fine on the mall authorities, the MC has sought to clarity on the permission of displaying advertisements at the mall.

The hoardings were reportedly removed for the violation of the Chandigarh Advertisement Control Order (CACO), 1954, however, the MC decided to seek a clarification from the UT Chief Architect over the areas where the mall was permitted to instal hoardings displaying advertisements.

MC Joint Commissioner Rajiv Gupta said that they had sought the information from the UT, however, the information was not supplied following which a reminder has been sent to them.

If fined, it may cost the mall authorities dear

Hoardings from outside and inside the Elante Mall were removed by the enforcement wing on April 26. As per rules, the fine is calculated at the rate of Rs 100 per sq ft per day and charged for a period of six months. In case the mall was found violating the norms, a fine of over Rs 3 crore could be slapped on them.



City’s GPO first in region to offer core banking services
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The first core banking services at the Chandigarh General Post Office(GPO) was inaugurated by Kulbir Singh, Chief Postmaster General, Punjab and Chandigarh today. The first transaction under Core Banking Solutions(CBS) at the Chandigarh GPO was made by Manisha Bansal Badal , Director, Postal Services, Punjab and Chandigarh.

Kulbir Singh, said, “Chandigarh GPO is the first post office from the non-pilot circles and the first post office in Punjab and Chandigarh to have been transformed into the CBS pattern. Earlier, 314 post offices in the country had been migrated from eight pilot circles in UP, Rajasthan, Delhi, Assam, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. The CBS is a part of the IT Modernisation Project of the Department of Posts.”

Services at the GPO

With the CBS, customers at the Chandigarh GPO will get all the facilities such as instant transfer of accounts/ certificates from CBS to CBS post office and automatic posting of interest at the end of the month. Kulbir Singh, Chief Postmaster General, Punjab and Chandigarh, also said that an ATM would be installed at the Chandigarh GPO shortly and debit cards would be available to customers. Internet banking and mobile banking would also become available to the customers. Intimation of balance and transactions would be given to the customers through SMS.



Development works to begin at Balongi village
Tribune News Service

Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu, along with other officers, during a visit to Balongi village. A Tribune photograph

Mohali, May 19
After the model code of conduct came to an end, the Mohali District Administration is all set to begin development works at Balongi village here. Residents of the village, who have been living in hell-like conditions, have blocked the Mohali-Kharar Highway several times to get the conditions better there.

Today, Mohali Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu, along with other senior functionaries, made a round of the village to take stock of the situation.

Sidhu issued directions to the executive engineer, Panchayati Raj, and the BDPO to prepare a plan for the effective drainage of dirty water from the village and submit the report within one week.

The Deputy Commissioner also ordered for the renovation of two ponds in the village with an estimated fund of Rs 15 lakh.

“Re-carpeting of roads in the village is also on the agenda,” said Sidhu, adding that the development works would be done in a set time frame.

The development works would be monitored in person by Mohali Additional Deputy Commissioner Puneet Goel.



Booth owners given one month to apply for conversion of trade: Dhawan

Chandigarh, May 19
BJP leader Harmohan Dhawan today claimed that the Estate Office (EO) has given a month's time to those running eateries to apply for conversion of trade. The EO had served a three-day notice to eateries in the city for misuse and violations following which properties were to be sealed. The notice period ended today.

The notice was served on booths in Sectors 8, 9 and 11 also.

In a press conference today, Dhawan stated that the booth owners would now be given one month to apply for conversion of trade.

The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) had also recently demanded that the UT Administration and the Estate Office should give a minimum of 60-day notice and proper opportunity of hearing before taking any action against shopkeepers in the city.

Meanwhile, Dhawan said the slum dwellers, having a city residence proof issued before 2010, who failed to apply for dwelling units, could now get themselves registered for the purpose. — TNS



Now, invisible braces available

For those shying away from wearing braces, a concept of invisible braces is now available in the city. Dr Pankaj Pupeja, an orthodontist, is providing the facility at his clinic in Sector 10, Chandigarh. The clinic offers cosmetic dentistry facilities also.

Spring summer collection

ITC’s premium fashion destination introduced the latest collection of vibrant and trendy casual wear from the Wills Sport brand with a wide range of women apparels for this summer season. Bold splashes of intense rainbow hues and bright solids meet psychedelic nature and flower prints. Wills Sport garments are priced Rs 1,499 onwards.

Banking excellence awards

Infosys Finacle, in partnership with its clients, was conferred with five awards for banking excellence by The Asian Banker. It received two awards each for core banking and channel solutions implementation and one award for its treasury management implementation. — TNS



Better Panchkula
Sorry state of affairs at Panchkula government schools
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

In contrast to its image of being known as the Paris of Haryana, government schools in Panchkula present a poor picture. Chandigarh Tribune conducted a reality check in Panchkula-based government schools, which claim to provide the best of facilities to students.

Students sit with waste construction material and a broken water tank lying nearby in a class at Government Middle School, Sector 4, Haripur, in Panchkula.

Panchkula, May 19
Damp walls, no benches in most of the schools, inadequate water and toilet facilities, broken windowpanes, loose electricity wires, poor infrastructure and lack of cleanliness are some of the conditions students of Panchkula government schools are forced to put up with.

Despite various inspections carried out by the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) and reports sent to the Education Department and the Panchkula Administration, nothing has improved in these schools.

There are no benches for children at Government Primary School, Sector 15, here. The students are being forced to take their lessons on the floor. Even, there was no proper lighting in the rooms. The students sit on the floor even in the biting cold.

When asked about the poor condition in government schools, a teacher said: “What can I say? In fact the department itself doesn’t provide benches to the students of playway”.

A man who prepares mid-day meal at the school, said: “My child doesn’t want to go to the school during the winters. He says he feels cold while sitting on the floor”.

(1) Pathetic condition of toilets at Government Middle School, Devi Nagar, Sector 3; (2) seepage in a room at Government Middle School, Sector 4, Haripur; and (3) students sit on the floor at Government Primary School, Sector 15, in Panchkula.

Broken switches and loose hanging live wires were also found on the school premises, posing a risk to the lives of students. The broken switches had come down to such a level that any child can easily come into contact with them.

At Government Primary School, Sector 19, here, girl students are asked to use a toilet at the back side of the school, which has a broken latch.

“I don’t know why the government doesn’t extend any help to these schools. There is hardly any maintenance in these schools,” said local councilor Ravi Kant Swami.

“Roofs of the school leak during the monsoon. It is really difficult to study in such conditions,” said a student of Government Middle School, Sector 4, Haripur, on condition of anonymity.

Moss is deposited in the drinking water tank of Government Primary and Middle School, Sector 3, Devinagar.

Excreta of rats, lizards in mid-day meal

The then Panchkula CJMs and secretaries of the DLSA had found excreta of rats and lizards in the mid-day meal of these students. The mid-day meal in various schools was also found to be fungus laden. A report was sent to the Panchkula administration, following which a 44-member committee was constituted. After that, the quality of mid-day meal improved to some extent. In August last year, the then CJM Jaibir Hooda had found worms and fungus-laden ration used for mid-day meal preparations in a few schools. He also found moss deposited in the drinking water tank in the primary school of Sector 15. The then CJM Sunil Chauhan had also found excreta of rats and lizards in the ration being used for preparing mid-day meal at the school in Devinagar. After several inspections by the CJMs, the administration was forced to improve the quality of the mid-day meal. 

Toilets in a pathetic condition

During a recent inspection by the District Legal Services Authority team at Government Middle School, Sector 4, Haripur, students were found sitting with waste construction material and a broken water tank lying nearby. The condition of the toilets was so pathetic that the team could not even stand there for a minute.

Govt school of Sector 12-A in bad condition

The condition of the government school of Sector 12-A here is very poor as four schools are being run from it. Two government primary schools (of Rally village and Sector 12-A), one middle school and one anganwadi school are being run from the same building. Over 1,000 students can be seen packed like sardines under one roof. There are only six classrooms in the school. The students end up sitting outside classrooms.

WHAT student says

I have to stand outside the toilet when my friend goes inside it as its latch is almost broken. There is only one tap here. — A student of Government Primary School, Sector 19, Panchkula

WHAT officials say

I will enquire into the matter. I will also constitute teams to check the government schools on a regular basis. Action will be taken against those found guilty.~

— Savitri Sihag, District Education Officer

I went for an inspection at the government school in Budanpur recently. The condition was horrible there. The teachers were found gossipping and they were not taking classes. Water and toilet facilities were deplorable. There was no proper cleanliness on the school premises.

— Ranjeeta Mehta, president, Haryana Mahila Pradesh Congress Committee



From schools
Annual prize distribution

Chandigarh: Amongst cheers from the parents of students of ‘Saral Ahsaas’, a parallel school for underprivileged students adopted from the Bapu Dham Colony for free education up to Class XII at KBDAV-7, the annual day-cum-prize distribution function was held at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, today. The students exhibited their talent through various cultural programmes. The students were honoured for their academic excellence and active participation in co-curricular activities. Principal Madhu Bahl said, “I feel proud that my dream project ‘Saral Ahsaas’ has taken flight, showcasing the performance of students in academics as well as in co-curricular fields. “

Puppet show

The Tribune organised an entertaining puppet show on the campus of Tribune Model School. Ravi Bhatt conducted the show. It was a fun-filled show depicting different types of puppets and stories related to Indian traditions and cultures. The children enjoyed the show.

Mother’s Day celebrated

The students of PML SD Public School, Sector 32, celebrated Mother’s Day on its campus today. The tiny tots of the primary wing of the school celebrated the day by drawing, colouring and pasting pictures of ‘mother-n-child’. They even made cut-outs with messages for their mothers. The students of Classes I to V made beautiful cards for their mothers.

Red day celebrated

Mohali: The tiny tots of kindergarten section of Golden Bells Public School, Sector 77, celebrated ‘Red Day’ with joy and fervour today. The students came dressed in red attires. They brought red-coloured vegetables, including red capsicum, carrot, tomato, and red-coloured fruits such as strawberry, apple, pomegranate etc to mark the day. The authorities informed that the aim was to motivate the children to eat seasonal vegetables and fruits, which are a good source of nourishment. Activities such as red ball racing, ‘tippi tippi tap’ were also organised. School principal Anjali Chaudhry appreciated the students for their active participation.

Sports day

Lawrence Public Senior Secondary School organised sports day on its campus today. Various sports and physical activities were organised. More than 500 students from the pre-primary wing captivated the audience with their performance. The tiny tots displayed their skills in athletics, long jump, shot put, butterfly drill, watering the plants and animal races. School principal Veena Malhotha was the chief guest. She said, “Sports has provided an opportunity to young people to come together and compete with each other to attain higher levels of sporting excellence.”

Students shine in quiz contest

Panchkula: A team of 14 students of St. Xavier’s School participated in Zeal-2014, held at Chaman Vatika School, Ambala. The event comprised various competitions wherein 16 schools of the region participated. The students participated in the quiz, street play, rhetoric and folk dance (solo). The quiz team comprising Kavindu Sachdeva, Mehak Arora and Sambhav Bansal bagged the second prize. — TNS



Stay at PU hostels to get costly
Proposal for 10% hike will be tabled in Senate meeting on May 25
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The hostel accommodation in Panjab University is likely to get costly. The proposal to implement a hike of 10 per cent from the academic session 2014-15 will be tabled in the Senate meeting, scheduled for May 25, for approval. As per records, there has been no hike in the hostel fee for the past eight years. At present, there are nine hostels for girls and eight for boys on the PU campus. Each hostel can accommodate as many as 360 students.

As per the revised fee structure, students seeking accommodation will be charged Rs 8,500 initially, which includes security, common room of hostel and other charges. The new monthly charges will be around Rs 310.

For the common room, the charges will be Rs 70 and for electricity, every student will have to shell out Rs 250.

The fresh hostel charges will be for all 17 hostels in the university.

The proposal of a fee hike of up to 20 per cent is for all 188 undergraduate and postgraduate colleges affiliated to it.

Also, a 5 per cent fee hike — approved for PU teaching departments and regional centres — will also be tabled in the meeting.

The records revealed that about a year ago, a committee was constituted to recommend the fee hike in hostels.

The recommendations of the committee were tabled in the Syndicate meeting on September 2013, which were approved by it.

However, the authorities could not implement the revised fee structure in the hostels as students had staged a protest against the hike in the mid-session.



Shocker for PU hostel inmates
Students asked to pay bill of Rs 5 lakh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
After receiving a hefty power bill of Rs 5 lakh for Hostel Number 2, also known as Rani Laxmi Bai hostel, at Panjab University, the students got another shocker when they were asked to pay the bill from their own pocket. The students were informed by the hostel staff today that each hostel inmate will have to pay Rs 790 extra for the electricity bill this month, instead of Rs 170, as the bill amount was more than the regular bill.

As per university records, nearly 250-300 students are residing in the hostel.

The members of the Student Association of India submitted a memorandum to the Dean Student Welfare today to look into the matter.

Sources said for the past few months, the hostel was receiving an average electricity bill due to some technical fault. As such, the pending amount had been included in the bill this time.

The official said another reason for the hefty bill was that a majority of hostellers were using electric kettles, heaters and dryers in the hostel even though several warnings had been issued to them not to do so.

PU Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal said, “As per rules, if the bill crosses a fixed limit, then it has to be paid by the hostellers.”

“I will find out whether it is feasible to use other collections made from the hostellers for paying the bill,” he added.



GGDSDC to introduce three new courses from this academic session
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
In view of the demand for professional courses, Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma College (GGDSDC) has decided to start three new courses from the academic session 2014-15.

The college will offer a three-year diploma in retail management and food processing and preservation course and one-year diploma in clinical lab technology.

The eligibility for these courses is Class XII in any stream with a minimum of 60 per cent marks. The number of seats for these courses will be 25.

To provide flexibility to students, the provision for multiple exit points has been provided.

In case, students want to leave the course after the first year, they will be awarded a diploma. Likewise, after second year, they will be awarded an advanced diploma and after third year, the student will get a Bachelor of Vocational Degree from Panjab University.

The college is also coming up with a community college to offer the clinical laboratory technology course.

There will be 50 seats for the course. The eligibility is Class XII in any stream with a minimum of 50 per cent marks.

The college also has advanced science laboratories due to which, the applicants for the B.Sc courses are increasing every year.

Cut-off percentage for other courses

From this session, the college will increase the cut-off percentage of BA from 55 to 60 as the number of applicants increase each year.

Last year, the cut-off percentage for B.Com was 96 per cent, which will be increased to 97 per cent from this year.

For BBA, the cut-off percentage was 92, which the college authorities will not increase this year.

Meanwhile, For B.Sc, the cut-off percentage will be 60 per cent like the previous year. The details can be seen on the college website http://www.ggdsd.ac.in/.



Class X results to be out today
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 19
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will announce its Class X result tomorrow. Last year, as many as 17,173 students had taken the Class X exam from the UT, while this year, the total number of candidates who got registered were 17,458. This points towards an increase of 285 students, including 9,841 boys and 7,617 girls.

As per information, the total number of students from private schools, who took the Class X examinations were 5,441.

While confirming that the result was likely to be announced within the next 24 hours, Joint Secretary Regional Officer RJ Khanderao said, “The Class X result will be out in a day or two. Meanwhile, the Class XII result will be declared around May 26.”

Last year, around 10,523 students had taken the Class X examinations from government schools across UT. However, the number of candidates increased to 12,017 this year.

The students can access their results on the official website of the board cbse.nic.in

They can also check their results through the SMS service. The charge is Re 1 per text message. To check their results, students have to type SMS@cbse10 mailto:SMS@cbse10 and send it to 51115. The Class X examinations were held from March 1-19.



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