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Dispute between two groups of parents
Probe RIMH affairs, Admn told
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Acting on a petition alleging that inmates of the Regional Institute for Mentally Handicapped (RIMH) may find themselves facing starvation due to infighting between two rival groups, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the UT Administration to probe the affairs of the institute.

The Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Arun Palli also directed the UT Administration to initiate steps for protecting the interests of the inmates in view of the dispute between two rival groups of parents. The directions came on a petition filed in public interest by advocate HC Arora.

In his PIL, Arora submitted that about 350 mentally challenged children and other inmates were looked after by the RIMH through its project “Samarthan”. The affairs of the institute were managed by the Parents and Guardians Society of Children.

As of now, rival groups, comprising members and parents, are claiming to be genuine office-bearers of the society. As a result, Bank of India’s Sector 31 branch has stopped the operation of the institute’s account. Its president has been told to get orders from some court for allowing the operation of the account.

The petitioner submitted that the national umbrella organisation of NGOs looking after mentally challenged children all over the country, “Parivaar”, too, had levelled allegations against the existing management. The society had been accused of misutilising the funds given to it for holding a function.

It had even demanded back Rs 91,845, indicating that all was not well with the society accounts. He also referred to a demonstration held outside the RIMH by a group of parents, as they were not allowed to hold a meeting inside the premises. Thus, the inmates, children of the warring groups, were as a result living in a state of constant fear and tension.

Taking up the matter, the Bench asked the Administration to look into the ground realities and go deep into the dispute between the two groups claiming to be genuine office-bearers of the society.

The Administration was also asked to consider the contents of the PIL and the documents attached with it before taking appropriate decision for protecting the interests of the inmates. For the purpose, the High Court has set a 15-day deadline.

Protect interests of inmates, says HC

The Division Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Arun Palli directed the UT Administration to initiate steps for protecting the interests of the inmates in view of the dispute between two rival groups of parents. The directions came on a petition filed in public interest by advocate HC Arora.



Medicines worth lakhs destroyed in 2 fire incidents
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Two fire incidents have been reported from the city. A major fire was reported at a medical store in Sector 32 early this morning. Medicines worth several lakhs of rupees were reportedly destroyed in the fire.

A fire official said a call was received from Kumar Enterprises, SCO 355, Sector 32, at 1.58 am. Two fire tenders each from the Sector 32 fire station and Ram Darbar were rushed to the spot to douse the fire.

The official said the fire was controlled by around 2.30 am. Although the exact loss was yet to be calculated, an air conditioner, a table, chairs, books and medicines were destroyed in the fire.

Area councillor Heera Negi went to the spot in the morning to take stock of the situation.

Another fire incident was reported from a medicine shop, SCO 55, in Sector 17 last evening.

The official said the fire was reported at Johar Brothers at 9.30 pm following which a fire tender from the Sector 17 fire station was rushed to the spot.

The fire reportedly broke out due to a short circuit. Medicines, an air conditioner, a TV and several other goods were destroyed in the fire. Quick action by firefighters helped save medicines worth Rs 50 lakh, the sources said.



Cop shoots himself in the temple; condition critical
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 29
A head constable, Kuldeep Kumar, of the Haryana police reportedly attempted suicide by shooting himself in the temple at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Sector 3 here this morning.

Hearing the gunshot, a Class IV employee at the stadium rushed to the spot and found a man lying adjacent to the trunk of a tree there. Noticing a firearm in the constable's hand and blood oozing out of his temple, he informed the police.

A PCR rushed Kuldeep Kumar to Alchemist Hospital, Sector 20, where he was operated upon by a team of doctors. The head constable is under observation and doctors said his condition was serious. Police sources said Kuldeep reached the stadium in civilian dress early in the morning in an Indica car. After parking his vehicle outside the stadium, he went inside and attempted suicide at about 10 am.

He was later identified as a head constable with the CIA staff of the district police.

It is learnt that the policeman was upset over a case registered at the Mauli police station regarding a family property dispute some time ago.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashwin Shenvi was not available for comments. Suraj Pal, in charge of the CIA, said Kuldeep was upset over a property dispute in his family.

Suraj Pal said preliminary investigations revealed that the victim fired the gunshot from his service weapon.

"We have called his family members. The cause of the incident will only be known after the victim records his statement," he said.



MC to provide anti-rabies serum at dispensary for Rs 50
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Facing the ire of city residents for failing to provide anti-rabies serum at the civil dispensary in Sector 19, the municipal corporation (MC) has decided to purchase the serum for one year. It has also decided that the serum, which is available in the market for Rs 850, will be available to the residents at a subsidised rate of Rs 50 per vaccine.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) held today.

Pardeep Chhabra, Congress councillor and member of the F&CC, said though the UT Health Department was supposed to provide the serum at the dispensary, for various reasons, it had failed to do so for the past around two months, following which the MC decided to purchase the serum. “Initially, it will be purchased for three months and will be made available at the dispensary at the earliest,” he said.

While the MC decided to make the serum available to the residents for Rs 50 per vaccine, Saurabh Joshi, BJP councillor and member of the F&CC, said the vaccine should be provided free of cost to the people. “I will table an agenda in the House meeting, demanding free vaccine to people and will also demand that more anti-rabies dispensaries should be opened in the city in addition to the lone dispensary in Sector 19,” Joshi said.

The committee also approved the agenda to purchase two new dog vans to catch stray dogs for sterilisation. At present, there is only one such van.

A city resident had recently filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the stray dog menace in the city.

According to the affidavit submitted by the MC in the court, 8,199 incidents of dog bites were reported at the rabies vaccination clinic in Sector 19 from January 2013 to April 2014. During the past five years, 6,948 dogs have been sterilised and vaccinated against rabies.

Other decisions taken by F&CC

  • The committee has decided that Rs 5 per sq ft will be charged for booking of open spaces adjoining various hotels in the city
  • The committee also accorded approval for the purchase of three hopper box-type tippers used for removal and lifting of solid waste
  • The committee has also approved the extension for hiring chain dozer for the maintenance and upkeep of dumping grounds
  • The F&CC also accorded approval for the engagement of four pharmacists and two ward servants in civil dispensaries under the MC till December 31



Market assns to operate toilets
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The F&CC has decided that registered market welfare associations in different sectors of Chandigarh will maintain and operate public toilets for which the MC will pay Rs 12,500 per month.

The agenda regarding the maintenance and operation of public toilets was tabled before the committee at its meeting held today.

It has also been decided that the market associations operating the toilets will not be allowed to display advertisements on the toilets.

BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi said it had been decided that only the MC officials concerned would allow advertisements on toilet blocks.


CAG slams PGI for using serais as stores
Annual budget of the medical institute did not even provide for maintenance of serais, says audit report
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
While thousands of poor patients travel miles to seek affordable treatment at the PGIMER, the latter has failed to take note that rooms in serais were being for storage purposes. The institute has also stopped maintaining the serais.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its audit report for 2012-13, came down heavily on the institute, stating, “The Engineering Department of the institution was not serious towards facilities which were exclusively meant for poor patients. No provision was made in the annual budget for repair or maintenance of serais.”

Also, three big halls (dormitory) in the Hanraj Serai and three rooms in the Nehru Serai are being used to store unserviceable beds and other such items, the audit verification revealed.

“Scrutiny of records further revealed that these items were stored in these halls and rooms since long (8 to 10 years). The omission denied benefit to poor patients visiting the institution from faraway places and also led to revenue loss,” the auditors noted in the report.

“Both the serais were constructed about 40 years ago. The ten rooms of the Nehru Serai were in dilapidated condition and were not fit for living due to heavy leakage. For the similar reason, two rooms in the Rotary Serai were also not being allotted to patients,” the report read further.

The CAG has also turned down the PGI's justification that it was not feasible to repair these buildings and have to be demolished.

Four months ago, Chandigarh Tribune had also highlighted the matter of rooms in the Nehru Serai being used for the purposes other than accommodating patients.

Report states...

  • During CAG inspection a few months ago, three big rooms each in both the Nehru Serai and the Hansraj Serai were found storing discarded beds, iron chairs, plywood and steel tables.
  • The rooms that are currently being allotted to patients in both the serais are crying for maintenance. The toilets have broken doors, roofs are leaking and bulbs are missing in some rooms.
  • The Engineering Department of the institution was not serious towards facilities which were exclusively meant for poor patients, the CAG report stated.



Disposal of biomedical waste
PGI fails to recover charges of Rs 20 lakh
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Despite being solely dependent on the PGIMER for incinerating (destroying) the hazardous biomedical waste generated every day, both Panjab University and the GMCH-32 have failed to pay the cost of incineration to the PGIMER that has risen to Rs 20.27 lakh in the past three years.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its report for 2012-13, pointed out the PGIMER’s failure in recovering the outstanding payment of Rs 19.68 lakh from the GMCH-32 since 2010. Meanwhile, the PU has failed to pay Rs 58,323 since 2012.

“The institute (PGIMER) did not take any effective measure to recover the outstanding amount of Rs 20.27 lakh up to September 2013 and a reply from the institute on this is awaited,” the auditing body noted in the report, a copy of which is with Chandigarh Tribune.

The PGIMER’s biomedical waste management plant is the largest in the tricity region and highly overloaded. In addition to tonnes of waste being generated at the PGIMER’s own departments, it also provides waste disposal service to the PU, the GMCH-32, 30 private laboratories, nursing homes, private hospitals and clinics.

A total of about 2,050 kg of waste is collected from hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, laboratories and civil dispensaries across the city on a daily basis.

The GMSH-16 also has a biomedical waste management unit but its capacity is far less than that of the PGIMER.

CAG reports

  • The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its report for 2012-13, pointed out the PGIMER’s failure in recovering the outstanding payment of Rs 19.68 lakh from the GMCH-32 since 2010.
  • The charges amounting to Rs  58,323 were pending against the PU since 2012.
  • The institute (PGIMER) did not take any effective measure to recover the outstanding amount of Rs 20.27 lakh up to September 2013 and a reply from the institute on this is awaited.



Illegal structures demolished in Zirakpur
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur, May 29
The Enforcement Wing of the Zirakpur Municipal Council demolished about a dozen illegal structures that had come up along the Old Kalka Road here today.

Led by executive officer Parminder Singh, the team also pulled down a part of the multi-storied building and a dhaba, which came up illegally at the Patiala Chowk, with the help of a JBC machine.

Apart from this, a portion of a godown located at Bhabhat village was also demolished.

The Municipal Council launched the demolition driver with the help of the police. It removed boundary walls, rehris and other establishments, which mushroomed along the Old Kalka Road.

Terming the MC’s operation biased, Bhagwant Singh, a hotelier, and his supporters, lodged a protest against the drive.

Talking to The Tribune, the executive officer said more such illegal structures constructed on the government land or without mandatory approvals would be demolished in the second phase of the drive.

The Old Kalka Road would be repaired and recarpeted so that vehicles coming from Panchkula towards Ambala or Patiala can be diverted near from Yadvindra Bridge to reduce congestion at the Panchkula Chowk on the Ambala-Chandigarh Highway.

“The owners of illegal buildings were given time to pull down their structures or face the music, the executive officer said.



protest against MC for levying service tax
Residents benefit as contractors allow free parking
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
City residents today availed of free parking at around 25 paid parking lots in the city.
Vehicles enter the parking lot without being charged the requisite parking fee
Vehicles enter the parking lot without being charged the requisite parking fee

In protest against the Municipal Corporation's (MC) decision to charge service tax retrospectively from 2012, contractors of the paid-parking lots in the city today did not charge any fee for parking of vehicles. The move cost them lakhs of rupees.

Parking was free at paid parking lots in different parts of the city, including sectors 8, 9, 17, 22, 34 and 35.

While the MC has asked the parking contractors to pay the service tax on the bidding amount retrospectively from 2012, the contractors are opposing it claiming that since they didn’t charge it from people, why should they pay from their own pockets.

The parking contractors along with their employees today met the MC commissioner and gave him a representation of their demand.

Tejinder Singh, the supervisor of a parking lot in Sector 17, stated that they have demanded that the service tax imposed for the previous years should be waived and the MC, if wants, could impose the tax from now onwards so that they could further charge it from customers.

The parking contractors also met members of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the civic body seeking their intervention in the matter.

Earlier, they had threatened to surrender the parking contract in case the civic body failed to meet their demand.

The Issue

While the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, has asked the parking contractors to pay the service tax on the bidding amount, retrospectively from 2012, the contractors are opposing it claiming that since they didn’t charge it from people, why should they pay from their own pockets.



108 Ambulance staff block highway; commuters harassed
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 29
Hundreds of commuters were left harassed when the protesting staff of 108 Ambulances blocked the Mohali-Kharar Highway near New Sunny Enclave here this afternoon.

Though the police diverted the traffic from the highway to other routes, long queues of vehicles were seen on both sides of the road during the protest, which lasted for around two hours.

The police had a tough time dealing with the protesters as some of them climbed atop a nearby water tank at Desumajra village. The protesters also threatened to jump off the water tank.

Mohali Superintendent of Police (city) Swarndeep Singh pacified the protesters by fixing their meeting with the labour commissioner.

Meanwhile, around 10 protesters fell unconscious at the spot during their protest due to soaring temperature. They were immediately shifted to the Civil Hospital, Mohali, where their condition is said to be stable.

BS Saini, senior vice-president of the 108 Ambulance Employees Association, Punjab, said the employees, who were on a contractual basis, had been forced to work for 12 hours and they were being paid wages of eight hours only.

The association demanded to bring the employees under the Health Department and pay them overtime for their extra four hours duty.



Panchkula MLA bats for students
Wants 50% discount on purchase of cellphones, laptops and computers
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 29
After the Haryana Government fulfilled the demand for free uniforms, scholarship, fee waver and free travelling facility for girls in government buses, DK Bansal, Panchkula MLA, has now asked it for 50 per cent discount on the purchase of cellphones, laptops and computers.

Apart from this, DK Bansal has also sought interest-free study loans for students from Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda so that the students could pursue higher studies.

DK Bansal feels that these facilities must be provided to the students for their bright future in this era of technology.

Bansal said these facilities were need of the hour. The facility of free travelling in state-run buses should be extended to all students across the state.

He demanded 30 per cent discount for students on the purchase of bicycle, motorcycle, scooter and moped.

The MLA also demanded that driving licences should be provided to the students at their doorstep.



Golf Club
Construction work to be completed by June-end: DC
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 29
Construction work on the Golf Club and Golf Academy in Sector 65 here will be completed by June-end, said Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh today.

The Deputy Commissioner, who was reviewing the progress of work on the Rs 8.52-crore project being carried out by GMADA, said directions had been given to the officials concerned to ensure the completion of the job within the stipulated time.

He said there would also be a gym, restaurant, video and audio room, library, etc, at the club and academy.

Sidhu said the Golf Academy, being near the Chandigarh border, would be beneficial to residents of Mohali as well as golf lovers in Chandigarh and Panchkula. Besides, the club and academy would encourage young players. The academy would provide technically qualified staff and national and international-level coaching.



Diabetic foot care worrisome in India: Expert

Mohali, May 29
Blackened toenails could be indicators of heart ailments in diabetics, said Dr Cesare Massa Saluzzo, professor of Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Policlinico, S Mateo, Italy, while delivering his lecture on Interventions in Diabetic Foot at Fortis Hospital here today.

Dr Saluzzo was of the view that diabetic foot care was worrisome and most ignored aspects of diabetic care in India. Dr Ravul Jindal from Fortis said the Dr Saluzzo lecture was aimed at spreading awareness regarding diabetic foot. “Earlier, we have released a book on diabetic foot care,” said Dr Jindal.

In India 41 million people suffer from diabetes, which would rise to 79 million by 2030, the doctor said.

While a majority of diabetics in developed countries are 65 years and older, Indian diabetics range between 45 and 65 years of age and approximately 15 per cent of diabetics suffer from foot problems. In India, about 40,000 limbs were amputated every year because of diabetes-related foot complications, said Dr Saluzzo. — TNS



World No-Tobacco Day
PGI to organise foot march on May 31
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The PGI will organise a foot march on May 31 in continuation of its efforts towards contributing a tobacco-free society.

World No-Tobacco Day is an official campaign marked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is observed all over the world every year on May 31.

The foot march, being organised by the Department of Hospital Administration, PGI, in cooperation with the Carmel Ex-Students’ Association (CESA), involves the participation from students of Carmel Convent School and St John’s High School, Chandigarh.

The GMCH-32 will also organise awareness programmes on the day in city schools.



CREST asks JERC to review solar power tariff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The Chandigarh Renewable Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) has challenged the recent decision of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for selling solar power to the UT Electricity Department at a low tariff of Rs 1.13 per unit.

The CREST has filed a review application before the JERC, which will come up for hearing on June 24. In the application, the CREST stated that the JERC, in its earlier order, did not consider the capital cost of the solar power projects. Now, the JERC has been requested to consider the capital cost before finalising the tariff.

The JERC had recently approved selling solar power to the UT Electricity Department at the rate of Rs 1.13 per unit as against Rs 8.75 per unit, which the CREST had demanded in a petition filed on behalf of the UT Department of Science and Technology.

Miffed over the JERC's decision, the UT Department of Science and Technology had also written a letter to the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) urging its intervention on the issue. The Department had stated that the JERC's decision would jeopardise the ambitious model solar city programme of Chandigarh.

In its earlier petition filed last year with the commission, the CREST had sought permission to sell power to the UT Electricity Department at Rs 8.75 per unit. In the past two years, the CREST has installed solar photovoltaic (SPV) power plants on government buildings with a collective capacity of producing 2,790 KWp of electricity.These government buildings include the Model Central Burail Jail in Sector 45, Paryavaran Bhawan in Sector 19, Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 46, Government College of Commerce and Business Administration in Sector 42, and the GCG, Sector 11 among other places.

The aim of installing SPV power plants is to produce electricity that could be used in the buildings thus cutting down on the power bills. Grid interactive solar voltage power plants (GISVPP) have been installed in government buildings so as to transmit the extra power generated to the main grid of the city.



Consumer Forum directs Exide to replace faulty battery
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum-I, UT, has directed the Exide Industries, Industrial area, Phase II, Chandigarh, to replace a faulty battery.

In his complaint, Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Sector 44, had stated that in June 2012, he had purchased an Exide battery from Singh Auto Industries, Sector 15 D, Chandigarh, for his car by returning the old battery and paying Rs 4,200. However, the said battery developed problem just after a year and he sought its replacement. Within 10 days, he was asked to collect the new battery sent under his claim for replacement. However, the complainant found the battery was having an old manufacturing code and refused to accept it.

The shop owner had submitted that he gave a new service battery to the complainant for use till the replacement battery was delivered by the Exide Industries.

The forum, in its order, observed that the Exide Industries stated that the battery in question was replaced free of cost with a new battery of the same make and specifications, but it was totally silent about the old manufacturing code, which raised doubt as well as drew an adverse inference against the Exide Industries.

However, since the complainant has already been provided a service battery, it cannot be said that the complainant suffered due to non-replacement of the faulty battery, the forum observed.

In its order, the forum directed the Exide Industries to exchange the faulty battery of the complainant with a brand new one of the same make and specifications having the latest manufacturing code and supply it to the shop owner for forwarding it onward to the complainant.

The Exide Industries has also been directed to pay a sum of Rs 2,500 towards litigation expenses within a period of 30 days from the date of the receipt of a copy of the order.



IT giant Dell to shut BPO operations in Mohali
Nearly 1,000 staff to be affected, told to either quit or relocate to Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Hyderabad
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 29
After employees protested against its decision to wind up BPO operations in the town yesterday, the US-based Information Technology giant Dell’s management today announced one-day break here.

Sources said the company management has asked the staff to join duties on Friday, as the unit would be closed for one day.

“The management has also asked all the employees either to give their consent for their relocation to Bengaluru, Gurgaon or Hyderabad by June 11 or leave the company,” said an employee.

Notably, the company has officially announced the transfer of business of its customer support operations from the Mohali contact centre to its other customer support sites, including Hyderabad, Gurgaon and Bengaluru.

The Dell’s official statement held: “Dell values its employees and would like them to continue their employment with the company and would support them as per the company’s relocation guidelines. However, after careful evaluation, if they choose otherwise, we would respect their decision and offer a golden handshake to these team members.”

The company has around 1,000 employees, out of which 60 per cent are said to be locals.

As the company is not offering any increase in the pay-package for shifting, employees said it would be very difficult for them to survive in the metro cities on their existing pay-packages.

Meanwhile, the employees have sought compensation for both the options. However, the team feigned ignorance about any compensation.

A senior company official said all the employees were well aware of the development as in February, the company had offered them to quit the company in exchange of a year's basic salary. Then, around 350 employees had opted for the ‘voluntary separation programme’.



Disney Family Movies

Airtel Digital TV announced the launch of English Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) Service - Disney Family Movies. The channel will showcase celebrated disney movies, including Hollywood classics, popular animation movies and live action titles like The Lion King, Aladdin.

Watches for women

French Connection brings a collection of watches that are just right for any occasion - formal, casual or dressy. These watches from French Connection have been designed to blend into any attire and draw attention to their stylishness. With the blend of classic and contemporary, each of the watches is versatile. FC1153 is exceptionally designed with its bold contours and clean finishing. Uniquely detailed with angular silhouettes, it has a 25mm polished stainless steel casing and silver sun ray dial.

Survey on jewellery

Jewellery designs charm the modern day Ambala citizens, according to a survey by FCBL Jewellers. Established in 1904, FCBL Jewellers are one of the oldest and most popular jewellers in Ambala. The survey reported that 51 per cent customers choose design over brand or price. Moreover, it’s the trust that drives 65 per cent of the customers to the local jewellers. It also revealed that 86 per cent prefer gold among all other metals and 60 per cent customers prefer diamonds when it comes to precious stones.

2014 TVS WEGO launched

TVS Motor Company has launched the new 2014 TVS WEGO. The new TVS WEGO comes with best-in-class engineering and is loaded with new features in exciting new colours. TVS Motor Company has incorporated several improvements in the engine of the new TVS WEGO making it one of the smoothest performers in its class. The only all metal bodied scooter in India, TVS WEGO is an ideal blend of style, stability, manoeuvrability, power and mileage.

Free vocational training

Students from underprivileged segments of society are being given free vocational training by Tressed Up Academy. The academy situated in Mani Majra, Chandigarh, has taken the initiative towards social responsibility. The programmes will start from June 1. — TNS



Sealing of packaging unit
Industrialists resort to agitation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
A family of Chandigarh-based industrialists today resorted to Gandhigiri to lodge their protest against the Chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) for allegedly not deciding on their case pertaining to sealing of their packaging unit.

The industrialists Mukesh Bansal, Ashok and Sham Lal, along with the members of their families, staged a dharna outside the office of the CHB Chairman, Satya Pal, who is also the Vice-Chairman of the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee, for not deciding on their file pertaining to sealing of their unit in the Industrial Area, Phase II here.

While the CHB chairman was not available for comments, Mukesh Bansal said: "We have been making rounds of his office but to no avail." They lamented that while they were running the packaging unit, their factory was sealed by the Pollution Department. But department officials are not ready to listen to the family.



KV students stand out in tricity
Overall pass percentage of KV students in Chandigarh is 99.19
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
The students of Kendriya Vidyalaya have not only bagged the top spots in the tricity in the Class XII examinations of the Central Board of School Education (CBSE), but have also outshone all other students from private and government schools by registering the highest pass percentage in the tricity.

The overall pass percentage achieved by Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) students in Chandigarh is 99.19, while it is 98.67 in Mohali and 96.96 in Panchkula.

A total of 924 students from KVs had taken the Class XII board examinations, of which, 61 students scored more than 90 per cent.

Educationists say the performance of KV students has proven that they are equally competent and at par with the students of all other private schools.

The officials said private schools had often claimed that they were better providers of education and infrastructure. However, this year’s performance of KVs has set a benchmark for others to follow.

Elated at the success of its students, MP Mahajan, deputy commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Regional Office, Chandigarh, said, “The KV’s have set an example for the government schools to follow”.

“We have produced the tricity topper, Nikhil Sheoran. He is a student of KV-47 and scored 98.2 per cent as well as the medical topper, Ekta Mishra, from Kendriya Vidyalaya 3 BRD. She scored 97.6 per cent,” added Mahajan.

While highlighting the success of the schools, Mahajan said, “The KV’s are producing all-rounders. Our students are excelling both in academics and co-curricular activities. There is better co-ordination among the students and teachers.”



Girls who achieved academic glory
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Koirobi Biswas and C Krishna Priya, students of GMSSS, Sector 16, have topped among government schools in the humanities stream by scoring 97.2 per cent each.

Both the toppers took no extra coaching and only relied on hard work and self study.

Koirobi is not just a topper but also a voluntary English teacher at Snehalaya — a home for destitute run by UT.

With a dream to bring a difference in the lives of ordinary people, the young achiever said, “If everybody starts contributing towards the society in whatever way they can, the world will become a better place to live in.”

The topper, who aspires to pursue higher studies from the National Law School, Bangalore, said, “Earlier, I had opted for the non-medical stream. However, after getting into Class XII, I changed my stream to humanities as I liked history more.”

A passionate painter and voracious reader, Koirobi clinched the third spot in the National CBSE Heritage Quiz Tournament.

Meanwhile, Sukriti Nehra, student of Carmel Convent School and Northern Brain Bee Quiz champion has bagged the second position in the medical stream in the tricity.

Hailing from an Army background, Sukriti said, “I aspire to become a neuro-surgeon and for that I have been working hard for the past two years.” A passionate swimmer, the young achiever said, “My success mantra was constant hard work.”



Drama at hostel as girl accuses mess worker of molesting her
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
High drama was witnessed in the girls hostel located in Sector 24 here this afternoon after one of the occupants accused a mess worker of molestation.

The girl complained that the mess worker misbehaved with her on the hostel premises last night. However, no complaint was lodged either with the Social Welfare Department, which owns the hostel, or the police.

When contacted, Social Welfare Department director Rajesh Jogpal said though they had not received any such compliant from the hostel but he would enquire into the matter. A police team visited the hostel. The police claimed that the girls gave them in writing that that they do not want to lodge any complaint about the incident.



PU declares results of BA/BCom LLB (Hons) entrance test
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Panjab University (PU), has declared the entrance test result of BA/BCom. LLB (Hons) 5-year integrated course at University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Chandigarh; UILS, Hoshiarpur; and UILS, Ludhiana.

Dashmesh Singh Dhanoa, Sagar Doon and Aman Singh bagged the first, second and third rank in the entrance test, respectively.

As many as 4,768 students had appeared in the test and 3,714 students qualified the exam.

Apart from Foreign nationals/NRIs, there are 120 seats each in BA LLB (Hons) 5-year integrated course and BCom LLB (Hons) five-year integrated course at the UILS, PU Campus.

There would be 87 seats of BA LLB (Hons) 5-year integrated course at the University Institute of Laws, PU Regional Centre, Ludhiana.

There will be 60 open seats in BA LLB (Hons) 5-year integrated course at UILS, Swami Sarvanand Giri, PU Regional Centre, Hoshiarpur.



PU directs colleges to adopt semester system
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Panjab University (PU), has issued directions to all 192 under graduate-affiliated colleges to adopt the semester system in the first year from the academic session 2014-15.

A majority of the colleges are in a fix without any written communication from the university on the semester system as they had to get their college prospectuses printed.

PU Dean College Development Council Prof Naval Kishore said a communication had been sent to all colleges to avoid any further delay in the printing of their college prospectuses.



Now, take PhD entrance test in Hindi, Punjabi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Panjab University (PU), has decided to allow Hindi and Punjabi medium for the PhD entrance test in the Departments of Music and Indian Theatre at the varsity.

PU Dean University Instructions, Prof AK Bhandari said PU was always eager to promote Hindi and Punjabi languages in the university.

Various departments were given the option to conduct Ph.D entrance tests in the Hindi and Punjabi medium too.

Prof Bhandari said the two departments had given their approval for the same.

“If any other department wants to conduct the Ph.D entrance test in Hindi and Punjabi medium, we will consider the same,” said Bhandari.



Panjab varsity notifies admission schedule
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Panjab University (PU), has notified the admission schedule for the academic session 2014-15.

Students — who have already applied for the entrance test in May/June-2014 — will be required to submit their admission and application forms for all under-graduate and post graduate courses by July 2 in the respective PU departments/regional centre irrespective of the declaration of the result of the qualifying exam/entrance test.

The last date to apply for the diploma & certificate courses will be July 18.

Foreign nationals/NRI candidates seeking admission at PU will be required to compete amongst themselves for the seats allotted to them by appearing in the entrance test if they are in India.

If the candidate is not present in India at the time of the entrance test, they would be exempted from the test.

The foreign candidates would have to comply with visa and other requirements prescribed by the Government of India, UT Administration, Chandigarh, and PU, as prescribed by them from time to time.

For admission to B.Ed and M.Ed. (regular) and through the University School of Open Learning, a separate announcement will be issued by the university.

Ten per cent seats above the total number of regular seats in each course are reserved for foreign nationals/NRI candidates. The decision of the Syndicate/Senate where the seats have already been granted more than 10 per cent seats will also prevail.

Candidates desirous of applying for admission to the University Teaching Departments for the session 2014-15 would soon be able to download the admission forms from PU.



PU to introduce 7 PG courses from this session
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
Panjab University (PU), will introduce seven new Post-Graduate courses from the new academic session 2014-15.

While one course is of special education, the others are in engineering.

The university will introduce MEd Special Education (Learning Disability), ME (food technology), ME (chemical with specialisation in environment engineering), ME (mechanical engineering), ME (electrical engineering), ME (material sciences and engineering) and MTech (instrumentation).

A PU official said these courses will be started at the Department of

Education, University Institute of Engineering and Technology and Dr SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, PU.

The official said the courses are professional and will benefit the students in getting jobs in future.

There will be a one-year semester system PG course of MEd. Special Education (Learning Disability) with 15 seats, MTech Instrumentation 13 seats, ME (Food Technology) and ME (Chemical with specialisation in Environment Engineering) 10 seats each, besides two additional seats each for NRIs.

Other courses — ME Mechanical Engineering, ME Electrical Engineering (Power System) and ME Material Sciences and Engineering courses will each have a total of 22 seats, with 2 out of these reserved for NRI students. 



PU-CET (PG) entrance test-2014
Students asked to complete forms online
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29
For the benefit of the PU-CET (Post Graduate) entrance test-2014 candidates -- who had deposited their fees for the test in time but could not complete their forms online -- Panjab University (PU), has re-opened the website of PU-CET (PG) Entrance Test-2014.

The CET-PG website http://cetpg.puchd.ac.in/ has been opened till June 1. The candidates have been requested to visit the site and complete their forms so that they were able to download their admit cards.



PU & College Notes
PU prof presents paper at Russian varsity
Prof Rajni
Prof Rajni

Rajni, an Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University School of Open Learning (USOL), Panjab University (PU), participated and presented a paper in the plenary session at the first multi-disciplinary summit of the Global and International Research Association at Moscow State University, Russia. The Faculty of Global Studies of Lomonosov Moscow State University and the International Global Research Association (IGRA), had hosted the summit. As many as 40 participants from various countries were selected for the event. Prof Rajni was the only candidate to be selected from India. Several renowned experts and scholars in the field of global and international studies, political and social science representatives and members of international and global centres, societies, consortiums and associations participated in the event. Prof Rajni presented a paper on the topic of culture imperialism in the present Globalized World: a sociological study of India’s planned City Beautiful at the Faculty of Global Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia.

Ashoka University’s inaugural session starts

Delegates of Ashoka University at Hotel Taj in Chandigarh on Thursday
Delegates of Ashoka University at Hotel Taj in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Ashoka University commenced its inaugural session in Chandigarh today. Applicants from Chandigarh and Haryana can avail the added benefit of 25 per cent reservation for Haryana domicile students. Ashoka offers a four-year undergraduate degree programme wherein students can explore a variety of disciplines before choosing a specialisation that is tailored to their individual interests. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Pramath Raj Sinha, founder and trustee of Ashoka University, said, “We are confident that students from Chandigarh will avail this opportunity.”

210 students get placed

As many as 435 students participated in a job fest at Sachdeva Girls Campus, Gharuan. About 210 students were selected in a placement drive.

A large number of companies, including Tech Mahindra, Competent Synergies, Platinum Infosys, Silicon, Web Solutions, Intel Gain, CMC Ltd., DHFL Prametics Ltd., Megrisoft Ltd, took part in the event. — TNS



Counselling schedule for UIHMT out

Chandigarh, May 29
Panjab University (PU), has announced the counselling and interview schedule for the University Institute of Hotel Management and Tourisms (UIHMT), PU.

UIHMT is offering education, training, research and consultancy in the field of hospitality, tourism, travel and allied sectors.

The counselling for BSc (Tourism Management) and BSc (Hospitality and Hotel Administration) will be conducted on June 19, 23 and 26 at UIHMT, near ICSSR Complex, Sector 14, PU Campus.

There are 30 seats for BSc (Tourism Management) and 60 seats for BSc (Hospitality and Hotel Administration).

The first counselling for the qualified candidates will be on June 19. The second counseling for all vacant seats (general and reserved) will be on June 23. The third counseling for all vacant seats (if any) will be on June 26. - TNS



Teachers sit on hunger strike
Tribune News Service

Mohali, May 29
Members of the Inclusive Education Resource Teachers (IERT) Union, Punjab, sat on a hunger strike to press for their long-pending demands in front of the office of the Director General School Education in Phase VIII here.

Varinder Vohra, president of the union, said inclusive education resource teachers, who were working under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), were not getting full pay grades as other teachers (who were equivalent to the) were getting from the SSA, Punjab.

“All employees of the SSA, Punjab, teachers and non-teaching staff are getting full pay grade scales. But we are being ignored for no reasons,” said Vohra.

The protesters also demanded summer and winter vacations with full pay. “We will continue our protest till our demands are met,” said the protesters.



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