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Brace for hotter nights
City records the highest minimum temperature of 26°C in June in 10 years; monsoon to be delayed, says Met Dept 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Brace for hotter nights ahead. With the city recording the highest minimum temperature of 26°C in the month of June last night, breaking the record of the past 10 years, Met officials have predicted that the minimum temperature will rise further in the coming days.

Attributing the rising mercury to the heat wave conditions persisting over the past few days, the officials have forecast that the monsoon, that generally hits the region by the last week of June, will be delayed by a week.

The heat wave conditions will continue for a longer period in the city. According to the Met Department, the city recorded a maximum temperature of 44.4°C today.

Adding to the miseries of city residents, unscheduled power cuts continued throughout the day. Complaints of power cuts were received from Sectors 7, 22, 34, 35 and 45, Daddu Majra and Mauli Jagran.

Met Department Director Surinder Pal Singh said usually the city received monsoon by the end of June, but this time it was expected to arrive in the first week of July. He said there were chances that by next week, the city may experience a maximum temperature of around 45°C.

According to the Met Department records, the highest minimum temperature recorded in the city was 23.9°C in 2012. The average minimum temperature recorded in the city in the past nine year ranges between 19°C and 23°C.

The Met Department has forecast that during the next three days, the city will have a clear sky with the maximum temperature hovering between 44°C and 45°C and the minimum temperature between 27°C and 28°C.

Health advisory to prevent heat stroke

  • Avoid cut fruits, lemonade or other beverages sold in the open
  • Prepare juice and beverages at home and consume these fresh
  • Cover your head with a cap
  • Do not shy away from carrying a water bottle whenever outdoors
  • Have seasonal fruits such as watermelon and muskmelon, and salads
  • Consume liquids every two hours



MC has failed to answer several queries: CBI
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
It seems the Municipal Corporation is shying away from giving all details sought by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) regarding the ongoing investigations into the alleged favour given to M/s Selvel Media Pvt Ltd in the allotment of tenders for the maintenance of 86 public toilets and displaying advertisements on these between 2007 and 2012. The MC has failed to provide answers to a few questions sent by the CBI.

The investigating agency had sent a questionnaire to the MC on April 7 which was sent back to it on April 23. However, on April 28, the CBI wrote to the MC stating that the reply submitted by the MC was unsatisfactory after which another reply was sent to the CBI, which also failed to clear a few queries sent by the CBI.

A questionnaire containing a few similar questions was also sent to the Finance Secretary-cum-Chief Administrator on May 6. The reply is awaited.

The questions are related to the Chandigarh Advertisement Control Order (CACO), 1954, and the officers who were delegated the powers of the Finance Secretary-cum-Chief Administrator under CACO to deal with advertisements.

Sources said the CBI was not satisfied with the replies and was planning to call MC officials for a personal hearing at its office in Sector 30. 

Questions that remained unanswered

  • Name of the officers who were delegated the powers of the Finance Secretary-cum-Chief Administrator under the Chandigarh Advertisement Control Order to deal with ads with effect from April 1, 2000 to April 31, 2014.
  • Whether permission from the Chief Administrator was taken under CACO for displaying advertisements on 86 toilets and 15 connecting passages?
  • Whether the advertisement tax is applicable to Chandigarh under CACO?
  • Who is the competent authority to exempt ad fee?
  • Whether any assessment of the fee was made on a yearly basis on advertisements displayed at 86 toilets and 15 connecting passages?

Advertisement fee

The UT Finance Secretary-cum-Chief Administrator or any officer who has been delegated his powers under CACO has to ensure that the advertisement fee is charged on advertisements displayed across the city. Meanwhile, Section 126 (a) of the Punjab Municipal Act states that prior permission of the Chief Administrator is required before displaying advertisements. 



Panchkula students put up a poor show
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 6
Though the district has fared badly in the Class X examinations conducted by the Haryana School Education Board (HSEB) in March 2014, officials of the district Education Department are patting themselves, claiming that the performance is better than last year.

The district registered a pass percentage of 40.41 per cent. The officials claimed that it was 5.19 per cent higher than last year.

District Education Officer (DEO) Savitri Sihag claimed that the students of classes X and XII of government schools had performed much better than last year.

She said of the 2,348 students who appeared for the Class XII exams this year, 1,863 cleared the exams and the pass percentage was 79.35 against last year’s pass percentage of 66.67.

Similarly, in Class X, 4,246 students appeared for the exams of whom 1,716 passed. The pass percentage was 40.41. Last year, the pass percentage was 35.22, the DEO said.

The government senior secondary schools at Tikkar Hills, Khatoli and Karanpur villages had a 100 per cent result in Class XII.

Students of Government High School, Govinderpur, Raipur Rani, presented the poorest show in the district with just two students of the 34 clearing the exams. The pass percentage of the school was 5.8.



Hit by car, man dies 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
A 67-year-old morning walker died after he was hit by a car on the road dividing Sectors 16 and 17 near Rose Garden today.

The victim has been identified as Om Parkash, a resident of Sector 22. He was going for a morning walk at about 5.30 am when the mishap took place. The car driver, Shruti, a resident of Sector 44, lost control over the vehicle after one of the tyres burst and the car hit Om Parkash. Om Parkash had retired from a bank.

The victim was taken to the PGI in a police Gypsy. He succumbed to his injuries in the afternoon.The police the woman driver was going to the PGI, where her father was admitted.A case has been registered.



Water supply to be hit today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The city will get low-pressure water supply tomorrow evening due to repair work at a 220 kV substation in Kharar.

An MC official said due to the repair work, there would be no water supply from the Kajauli waterworks, Phases I, II, III and IV, to the waterworks in Sector 39 from 9 am to 2 pm tomorrow. As a result, the timings of water supply for the entire city has been reduced by an hour. 


Tiffin service for dogs in city
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Moved by the death of a pet due to consumption of corns, Manish Maheshwari, a civil engineer by profession, has started lunch box delivery for dogs in the city.

While recalling the sad episode that changed the course of his career, Manish said, “Three months ago, my friend lost his pet due to corn consumption and that’s when I made up my mind to do an online nutrition course in pet’s diet.”

After pursuing a specialisation course in diet of the dogs and cats from an Australian university, Manish along with his brother, Mayank, who owns a hosiery business started their maiden venture ‘Pets Pro’, for delivering lunch boxes for dogs in Ludhiana a month back. After receiving a good response in Ludhiana, the brothers launched their project in Chandigarh.

The pet owners are given options in terms of vegetarian (silver), non-vegetarian (gold) and super nutritious (platinum) meals.

“We make it a point to add brown rice to vegetarian meals. We make sure that we do not compromise with the health of the dogs,” said Manish.

Claiming that the meal packages are salt and chemicals free, he said, “We design the meal packages depending on the dog’s breed.”

Healthy meals add to shine of dog’s fur, makes the bones, muscles, digestive system and teeth of canine stronger and improves the eyesight along with relatively increasing the energy level.

The freshly made meals are delivered from Ludhiana to the city twice.

Giving out a healthy tip for the welfare of pets, the specialist said, “Chicken liver is healthy for dogs, however, it is important to give it in the right quantity.”

“No corns, onions, garlics, mushrooms, alcohol, bread, chocolates should be given to the dogs and also the owners should ensure that they give only lactose-free dairy products to their pets,” said the specialist.

The brothers are next planning to extend the lunch box service to Panchkula. 

Moved by sympathy, driven by empathy

Three months ago, my friend lost his pet due to consumption of corn and that's when I made up my mind to do an online nutrition course in pets’ diet. After pursuing a specialisation course in diet of the dogs and cats from an Australian university, I, along with my brother, Mayank, started our maiden venture 'Pets Pro' for delivering lunch boxes for dogs.
— Manish Maheshwari, civil engineer and owner of pets pro



Unemployed PGTs hold roadshow
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 6
The striking unemployed PGT teachers organised a roadshow and held a demonstration in front of the main gate of the Mini-Secretariat building here this afternoon.

Holding banners and placards, the agitators, including women, conducted a protest march from the CBSE Regional Office building to the Deputy Commissioner’s office on the 12 day of their protest.

The protesters also raised slogans. They later gave a memorandum of their demands to the Haryana Chief Minister through Deputy Commissioner Dr SS Phulia. They handed over the memorandum to Sub-Divisional Magistrate Gurmeet Singh.

The teachers have been protesting against the government for adopting all procedure of their selection but not issuing appointment letters. Some of candidate who also went through the selection process were given appointments letters but they were ignored at the eleventh hour, they claimed.

Their four members - Rajiv Kumar, Manohar Lal, Phool Kumar and Jasbir Singh - sat on a chain hunger strike today.



Council moves court against CITCO MD 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The Chandigarh-based Global Human Rights Council, that had alleged that the managing director (MD) of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Corporation (CITCO) was misusing an official vehicle of the corporation for her private visits to Delhi and Mussorie, today moved court.

The managing director of the corporation, Tanvi Garg, is a 2009-batch UT cadre officer. A petition was filed in the court of Judicial Magistrate Ranjit Kumar Jain in this regard. The case is fixed for evidence on July 9. 

Misuse of official vehicle

The managing director of the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Corporation, Tanvi Garg, is a 2009-batch UT cadre officer. 



Girls get training in self-defence at camp
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Chandigarh Police organised a self-defence training camp for girls and women of the city at the multipurpose hall of Sector 26 here in different batches of 15 days each.

The initiative, taken by UT IG RP Upadhyay, aims at making girls self-dependent so that they can save themselves in case of any untoward incident.

The training of the first batch, which concluded today, was inaugurated by SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill on May 22. During the 15 days, 60 girls were imparted training in different techniques of defending themselves. They also got various demos on eve-teasing, chain snatching, knife protection, front fall, body hold and neck hold.



3 file nominations for posts of MC committees
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The nominations for the posts of chairman and vice -chairman of the Road Committee, House Tax Assessment Committee and Water Supply and Sewerage Disposal Committee of the Municipal Corporation (MC) were filed today.

Nominated councillor DS Sandhu, who is a member of the Water Supply and Sewerage Disposal Committee, filed his nomination for the post of chairman.

No other nominations were filed for any of the two posts of the committee.

Similarly, only Congress councillor Poonam Sharma filer her nominations for the post of chairman and nominated councillor Surinder Bagha filled the nominations for the post of vice-chairman of the Road Committee.

Meanwhile, not even a single nomination was received for the House Tax Committee.

MC officials maintained that in the absence of any contender, the three councillors who have filed their nominations would be adjudged winners. 



World Tumour Day
Recurrent headaches can be a symptom of brain tumour: Experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Recurrent headaches that get worse with time can be a symptom of brain tumour. Tumour-related headaches have distinct characteristics that separated them from other conditions that caused headaches. Early morning headaches were an important warning sign and should not be ignored. This was stated by experts from Max Hospital, Mohali, while marking World Tumour Day today.

Dr Nitin Yogesh, consultant, Neurosurgery, said increased intracranial pressure (IICP) was an increased amount of pressure on the brain that could be caused by excess fluid, brain swelling, or a mass, which could be a cause of brain tumour.

“The pain can be described as dull, aching, or throbbing,” said Dr Ashish Gupta, consultant, Neurosurgery.

Headaches are generally the initial symptom in a person with brain tumour. Other symptoms like seizures, changes in vision or hearing, giddiness, nausea and vomiting, fit weakness of the arms and legs or cognitive decline are other associated symptoms.

Anil Kumar Goswami, a 61-year-old patient from Jwalaji in Himachal Pradesh, shared how he was suffering from severe headache and giddiness. When he approached the hospital, he was diagnosed with tumour and underwent a surgery recently.



Cancer survivors’ day
Movie day for cancer survivors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
On the occasion of the National Cancer Survivors’ Day, an exclusive screening of movie ‘Holiday’ was organised for cancer survivors.

The screening of the Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha starrer was organised by Saarthak, the Cancer Support Group of Fortis Hospital, Mohali.

Over 60 cancer survivors and their families watched the movie and celebrated life. National Cancer Survivors’ Day is observed on the first Sunday of June.



‘Tamasha Motyan Da’ tickles the funny bone of audience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
The Punjabi Movies and Theatre Academy in association with the Chandigarh School of Drama staged a play, “Tamasha Motyan Da”, at the Punjab Kala Bhawan here today.

The play, written by theatre legend Gursharan Singh, revolved around a police station where everything moved smoothly until the police chief announces a new condition that for getting promotion all police personnel need to lose weight and get fit.

The satire on obese Punjab Police personnel created a laugh riot as it portrayed various reasons for men in khaki putting on weight.

The 25-minute play, directed by Daljeet Singh, kept the audience glued as the actors mocked various ways of losing weight that turned futile.

The play reached its climax with the entry of a complainant and the accused who try to bribe the officer and in course recite a poem on corruption and compelled the audience to take an oath to fight against corruption.



Dept nets Rs 8 crore in auction of liquor vends
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
In the second phase of the allotment of liquor vends in the city, the UT Excise and Taxation today allotted 17 of the 54 vends.

Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner RC Bhalla said bids were received for 17 vends only.

The department earned Rs 8 crore today.

In the first attempt, the department had earned Rs 92.32 crore from the auction of 119 vends. 



New SDPO office inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
UT IG RP Upadhyay today inaugurated the new office of SDPO South at the building of the Sector 34 police station.

Sukhchain Singh Gill, SSP, Chandigarh, and Manish Chaudhary, SSP, Traffic and Security, were also present on the occasion.

The office of the SDPO (South) was earlier functioning at the building of the police station 36, Chandigarh, since 1990 which has been shifted to Sector 34.



Centre for rehabilitation of rape victims set up 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
A Rape Crisis Intervention Centre has been set- up by the Chandigarh Police at the Women and Child Support unit in Sector 17.

The centre aims at handling the investigations of rape cases more professionally and with sensitivity. It would also provide counseling to rape victims.

The centre is an initiative taken to provide legal, medical and psychological support to the victim.

DSP (Women and Child Support Unit) Kamla Meena is the convener of the unit.

The unit consists of a chief coordinator, one coordinator, three expert counselors, including psychologist, four advocates and two psychiatrists. 



Congress leader’s murder case
Nine teams set up for probe
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 6
The police have set up nine teams to investigate the murder of Congress leader Rajwant Singh Shergill.

The decomposed body of Shergill was found in an SUV abandoned along a footpath near a park in Sector 69 here on May 21. Shergill was a resident of Kharar.

The teams have been set up by the new SSP, Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti, to intensify efforts to solve the murder case.

Police officials today visited Sector 69 here and showed photographs of the deceased to residents in order to gather information relating to the case.

Sources said so far the police had been working on the angle of alleged illicit relations. They were now trying to find out whether drug addicts and looters could have been involved in the crime.

It is also reported that a soft drink bottle found in the SUV had been sent to the forensic lab for examination. A preliminary finding of the medical board had suggested that there were symptoms of poisoning.

The police had claimed a day after the body of Rajwant Singh Shergillwas found dumped in a SUV on May 21 that they had got vital clues and the case would be solved soon. But, they had failed to get any vital information in this regard so far.



Investigating officer’s statement cross-examined
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
In the infamous Kashif Ali Pakistan spy case, the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate today cross-examined the statement of investigating officer inspector Amanjot Singh. The next hearing of the case has been scheduled for July 2.

Pakistan spy Kashif Ali was arrested in July 2010 from Sector 44 here. He had been living in a rented accommodation for the past two-and-a-half-years and was passing information about national security to his handlers in Pakistan, the police 
had said.

The police had recovered sensitive information pertaining to national security from the possession of Kashif, who had been living in the city under the fake identity of Pawan Kumar and called himself a native of Delhi.

The accused belongs to Zulfiqar Colony of Faisalabad in Pakistan and had been monitoring defence installations.



Panjab varsity to get land in Kajheri and Colony No. 5, PGI in Sarangpur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
A day after the UT Administration gave in-principal approval for land allocation to Panjab University and the PGIMER, the locations were decided at a meeting held today.

While Panjab University will be allotted 100 acres in Kajheri and the area vacated after razing Colony Number 5, the PGIMER will be given 150 acres in the Sarangpur institutional area.

Confirming the development, UT Chief Architect Sumit Kaur said: “The PGIMER will be allocated land only in the institutional area, which may be split in parts.”

A senior UT official said PGIMER Director Prof YK Chawla had requested for land area closest possible to the existing campus in view of the emergency involved in patient care and quick commutation of staff and patients.

While PU plans to set up transit accommodation for the faculty and research scholars in expanded area in addition to science centre, the PGIMER plans to extend advanced trauma centre, create patient screening area and organ transplantation centre on the new piece of land.



Theft attempt at confectionery shop
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
An attempt to break into a confectionery shop at Attawa village in Sector 42 here was reported on the intervening night of June 5 and June 6.

The owner of the shop, Chander Parkash Goyal, noticed the broken locks of his shop. However, the thieves failed to enter the shop.

Goyal said this was the fourth time that the locks of his shop had been broken. The police was informed about the incident.



Dell clears the air over closure of unit
Our Correspondent

Mohali, June 6
Confusion prevailed today over the issue of the closing down of operations by Dell at Mohali. A press release issued by the Public Relations Department here first claimed that Dell International India Private Limited would not close down its operations at Mohali and no employee would be fired. Rather, more business would be provided to Dell centres.

It claimed that this was stated by Parbhat Jain, Senior Manager of the company, during a meeting with Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Industry and Commerce, NK Sharma.

Sharma, it said, had been directed by the Punjab Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister to hold a special discussion with the management of the company.

The release said during the meeting Sharma told company managers that Dell would not face any problem in its operations.

He asked company officials to plan the expansion of the company so that employment opportunities to the youth could be provided. Sharma offered concessional land at the IT Park to the company for its expansion.

However, the Public Relations Department issued another press release hours later which totally wiped out any mention of Dell not closing down its Mohali operations.

Later in the evening, a company statement said its position was “misconstrued” in a press release issued by the District Public Relations Officer.

The company said: “Dell reiterates its media statement issued on May 28, 2014. It has announced the transfer of business of our customer support operations from Mohali contact centre to Dell’s other customer support sites namely Hyderabad, Gurgaon and Bengaluru. As the company continues to evolve we consistently review and study our operations in an effort to remain competitive and to improve our efficiency and most importantly determine where we can add the most value to customers.”

“Dell values its employees and would like them to continue their employment with the company and will support them as per the company relocation guidelines,” it said.

“However, after careful evaluation, if they choose otherwise, we would respect their decision and offer a golden handshake to these team members. We will maintain our focus on providing our customers with the excellent support experience they expect from us, without interruption through this transition,” it said. 



Lecturer awarded
Tribune News service

Chandigarh, June 6
A physics lecturer at Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Rupnagar, has been awarded with the prestigious ‘Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar 2014.

The award, including a sum of Rs 1 lakh, a shawl and a certificate of excellence, was given to the lecturer for giving 100 per cent results for the past six years.

The award was given by VIce-President Hamid Ansari, Union Minister for Women and Child Development and Punjab Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka at a function held recently in Delhi.



City girl wins ‘Ticket to Bollywood’ reality show
Mehakdeep Grewal
Tribune News Service

Ankita Sharma Chandigarh, June 6
Aspiring to fit into the shoes of Bollywood Diva Madhuri Dixit, city girl — Ankita Sharma — bagged her entry into the entertainment industry by winning the reality show ‘Ticket to Bollywood’, on NDTV Prime.

With a dream to leave a big mark on the silver screen, Ankita, said, “Like Madhuri, I took training in classical dance. Though I have no formal training in theatre, it was the support of my parents that made me win the reality show.”

Such is the dedication of the damsel that she scarified her academics in order to take part in the show.

She said, “I missed my sixth semester exams and now I will appear for the sixth and seventh semester together.”

Ankita is currently pursuing her engineering in electronics and communication.

The daughter of a banker, she said, “Prior to the reality show, I had made it to the Miss PTC finalists in 2011 and worked in a short Punjabi film ‘Udeek’. But my actual grooming was done during the reality show itself.”

In 2009, the reality show winner had also been awarded with the State Award for Excelling in Art (dance).

“I will complete my degree and then pursue a full-fledged career in acting. I believe it’s important to first finish education before taking up any profession,” she said.

After winning the reality show, Ankita will get to act in NDTV’s first home production movie.

She claimed the movie’s shooting will start within the next two months, after the entire cast and locations are decided.



Business News
Mercedes-Benz begins local production

Mercedes-Benz India on Friday commenced the local production of the New S-Class 350 CDI from its manufacturing facility in Chakan, Pune. The new S-Class 350 CDI will have rooftop solar panels. The new S-Class remains one of the most coveted luxury saloons across the globe and the recent accolade of its winning the ‘World Luxury Car of the Year’ authenticates its claim of being the ‘best car in the world’.

Survey on medical devices

A new report by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) demonstrates the lack of awareness among consumers about medical devices. The findings of a survey of 1,300 Indians from across 17 states conducted by AdvaMed – an association of medical device manufacturers that is leading the efforts to provide medical technology to the world – reveals that though an overwhelming 72 per cent of respondents use medical devices, 89 per cent say that they do not know enough about them.

Summer camp

Infosys is organising summer camps across multiple development centers in the country to keep its employees’ children occupied and involved in a safe and comfortable environment. “Petit Infoscions” participating at the camp will get an opportunity to hone their creative skills during their vacations and also improve their physical fitness. The most important element here is to make the camp a pleasant and fun-filled experience. The camp will guide the children to invent, interpret, strategise, discover, experiment and share.

Kayako starts recruitment

Kayako has started recruiting a handful of employees after the recent decision of overnight closure of another IT company’s unit in Mohali. Kayako has put up a hoarding announcing their recruitment drive. Its headquarters are based in Jalandhar and it have offices in Gurgaon and London. — TNS



Now, fill forms online 
These have been uploaded on websites of 5 government colleges
Tribune News Service

With the admission season in full swing, the UT Higher Education Department today launched free admission forms on the websites of all five government colleges and Regional Institute of English.

The authorities will also accept the online application forms for admission to various undergraduate and postgraduate courses for the academic session 2014-15 offered at Government Arts and Science Colleges of Chandigarh, affiliated to Panjab University, and Regional Institute of English.

An official spokesperson said there will be a joint prospectus. The online application forms will be available at the website www.dhechd.org and www.dhechdcollegeadmission.org, besides websites of all government colleges.

UT Higher Education Director Sandeep Hans said, “With this initiative, applicants will save time to travel from one college to another.”

The spokesperson said applicants would now have to apply online only and no offline application submission mode is available.

However, a hard copy of the online application form will have to be submitted in the respective colleges at the time of admission as per instructions.

The information about courses being offered, number of seats, date of submission of application forms and date of admission is available at the website.

The department has also set up a common helpline desk for queries or complaints related to admissions at the Directorate of Higher Education helpline 9041016509 or e-mail redhe-chd@nic.in.

In case of difficulty in filling the forms, applicants can seek assistance from the respective colleges where dedicated helpline numbers have been set up.

For applicants who don’t have access to internet, help desks are available from Monday to Friday between 9 am to 1.30 pm. Such applicants can bring their testimonials and passport size photographs. The college staff will help them in uploading the application forms.

An applicant will have to separately apply at each college. If an applicant is interested in applying in more than one course in any college, he/she will have to fill a separate online application form for each course.



Pinjore students bag top 3 slots in district

Sachin, who scored 97.4%, with his parents in Panchkula.
Sachin, who scored 97.4%, with his parents in Panchkula. Tribune Photo-Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, June 6
Students from Pinjore took the lead in the district by grabbing all top three positions in the Class X examinations conducted by the Haryana School Education Board.

Sachin, a student of JP Gurukul School, Pinjore, topped the examinations by scoring 97.4 per cent, while Ritika Hans, student of Novel High School, Pinjore, stood second by securing 94.2 per cent. Two students of the same school, Priya and Mahima, shared the third position by securing 93.4 per cent.

Hitesh and Nishant, students of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 12-A, remained the topper by scoring 93% in government schools of the district. — TNS



Deepshikha tops Panchkula district by scoring 92.8%
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 6
By scoring 92.8 per cent, Deepshikha, student of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 7, remained the overall district topper in all the three streams of Class XII examinations conducted by the Haryana School Education Board (HSEB).

The daughter of a Haryana Police inspector, Satish Kumar, Deepshikha scored 464 marks out of 500 in the medical stream. She aims to be a doctor.

Accompanied by her mother, Suman, a teacher at Government High School, Sector 19, and father Satish Kumar, she celebrated her success with her teachers and the DEO.

Deepshikha credited her success to her parents and her teachers.

Simranjeet Kaur, daughter of Gurbachan Singh, a preacher (pathi) at a gurdwara in Karanpur village, has topped the Class XII exams (Arts) by securing 92.2 per cent in the district. She aims to be an IAS officer.

Pratik Saini, a student of PC Senior Secondary School, Pinjore, scored 89.6 per cent in Class XII, non-medical stream. He has topped the district and wants to be an IAS officer.

His father, Samsher Singh, who runs a private school in Pinjore, helped Pratik in his studies.

The daughter of a driver in the Haryana Marketing Board, Preeti Pawar of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 12-A, Panchkula, topped the Class XII (commerce) in the district by securing 91.4 per cent. She aims to be a chartered accountant (CA).

Accompanied by her father Ranvir Singh and elder sister Meenu at the DEO office, an elated Preeti claimed that she used to study for five to six hours a day.



Dancing for the soul with Shiamak Davar
Tribune News Service

Students of Shiamak Davar Dance Institute present an item during the concluding function of a workshop, organised by the Durga Das Foundation at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Friday.
work of art: Students of Shiamak Davar Dance Institute present an item during the concluding function of a workshop, organised by the Durga Das Foundation at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Chandigarh, june 6
Aqua colours, bright neon shades, twinkling and sparkling costumes catching the laser lights, music that reverberated through the theatre and dancers who set the stage, literally on fire, is a scene that is akin to a Bollywood film, but was recreated here this evening.

The Durga Das Foundation and the Shiamak Davar International India Private Limited came together once again to hold the annual Summer Funk. The 15-session workshop culminated where all the participants got a chance to come on stage.

More than 250 dancers in the age group of 4-45 years swayed to the tunes of 13 numbers, some of them popular medleys of recent chart-busting hits. The participants were exposed to salsa, hip-hop, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and modern contemporary dance styles, besides Punjabi pop.

Shiamak’s instructors, Devashree and Mihir, said, “Chandigarh has a unique vibe that is high on warmth, energy and enthusiasm”.

Blending audio visuals on Shiamak’s body of work, a promo from his latest show, ‘Selcouth’ and a style video were 13 carefully chosen ensemble pieces that allowed different age groups to put forth their dancing prowess.

The success of the show, according to Shiamak lies in “being able to feel the song.”

Atul Khanna, director of the Durga Das Foundation, said, “Seeing the eagerness of students, we’ve decided to make smaller towns such as Ambala benefit from this experience. Later this month, the Foundation and Shiamak will start Ambala’s first Summer Funk programme.”



Colleges release prospectuses for new academic session
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, JUNE 6
Sri Guru Gobind Singh College (SGGSC), Sector 26, today released its prospectus for various courses for the academic session 2014-15.

The secretary of the Sikh Educational Society, Col (retd) JS Bala along with principal MS Marwaha released the prospectus on the campus.

The prospectus will be available to the students in the college from June 6. It will cost Rs 550 to students, while it will be for Rs 600 through registered post.

Principal Marwaha said, “The prospectus is a booklet that will provide information on a wide range of courses being run by the college. The normal admissions will start from July 7.”

Meanwhile, Guru Gobind Singh College for Women (GGSCW), Sector 26, also released its prospectus for the 2014-15 session today. The prospectus was released by the secretary of the Sikh Educational Society, Col (retd) JS Bala and principal Dr Charanjeet Kaur Sohi.

In view of the demands of students for better prospects in higher education, the college has started a new post graduate course — MA (Sociology) with 60 seats. An additional unit of BCom with 70 seats is also being introduced from this session.

Meanwhile, college principal Dr Charanjeet Kaur Sohi said that the document would provide information on subject combinations, eligibility, attendance and examination forms.



Eco club in charge honoured

Students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, take part in a special activity to mark World Environment Day during a summer camp.
Students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, take part in a special activity to mark World Environment Day during a summer camp. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH

On the occasion of the World Environment Day, Shatavari Eco Club and the in charge of the eco club, Rakesh Dahiya of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector-38 (West), Dadu Majra Colony, Chandigarh, was awarded the ‘Best Eco Club and Best Eco Club in charge’ among all government schools by the UT Advisor to the Administrator, KK Sharma. Rakesh Dahiya was honoured at a function organised by the Environment Department at Sukhna Lake. On the occasion, the advisor congratulated principal Baljinder Singh and praised the efforts of the eco club in performing activities related to environmental awareness in rural area and motivated them to conduct more such activities.

Students vow to keep environment clean

In the ongoing summer camp, ‘Sun Time Fun Time’ at St Joseph’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44 D, Chandigarh, students observed World Environment Day. Kindergarten students were taught to make an auto-feeder both for feeding grains and water to birds. Students made bird feeders from household bottles and tetra packs. On the occasion, senior students learnt to make use of organic manure. Students pledged to discourage others from using chemical fertilizers and help keeping the environment clean and green.

Summer camp

Infosys is organising a summer camp for children aged between 3 to10 years from June 2 to 20. The camp will provide an opportunity to children to hone their creative skills during their vacations and also improve their physical fitness. The camp is helping children invent, interpret, strategise, discover, experiment and share, said an organiser. The camp is focusing on skill-based and entertaining activities such as dancing, texturing, tae-kwon-do, creative art, paper world, yoga and meditation, creation from waste, non-fire cooking, chocolate making and singing.

Soccer School Camp organised

Oakridge International School hosted a six-day ‘India on Track’ (IOT) Arsenal Soccer Schools camp on its campus for the children, aged between 6 to 16 years, for both boys and girls of the tricity. The highlight of the camp was the training imparted to students by foreign coaches. Principal Pranjala Das said IOT aims at creating recreational opportunities for children to learn and play a sport and imbibe the essential skills, fitness, technical and mental fortitude along with the satisfaction of participating in a whole and productive activity.

Football finals held

Finals of the Under-14 and Under-17(boys) inter-house football matches were played at Shishu Niketan, Mohali. The preliminary matches were held last week. In the U-14 match, players of Nilgiri House and Shiwalik House locked horns with each other. Shiwalik House won the match 1-0. Harshveer of the Shiwalik house scored the winning goal. In the U-17 (boys), Aravali House and Himgiri iHouse faced each other in the final. In the end, Himgiri House registered an emphatic win over Aravali House 5-1. — TNS



Dev Samaj College to start martial arts classes 
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 6
Due to the recent spurt in cases of eve teasing and rape, Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, has decided to start martial arts classes for its students from the academic session 2014-15.

Earlier, the college authorities had been imparting martial arts training to NSS volunteers and hostel inmates.

However, from this session, the authorities have decided to enrol as many girl students for the course.

The college is also mulling to come up with yoga and mental health course from this session.

The course will have 40 seats and students of any stream can opt for it as an additional course with their main stream subject.

College principal Meera Modi said, “Burail is located in the vicinity of our college. Our girl students face eve-teasing and have often complained about it to the college authorities.”

“We’ve decided to train girl students from this year. They will learn the art of self-defence to protect themselves in case of any untoward incident in future,” she added.

Modi said, “At present, 3 to 4 martial arts instructors have been engaged by the college authorities. We’re in touch with more instructors as the 
strength of students will increase from this session. This will help girls in the long run.”

Meanwhile, the college is not planning to increase the cut-off of any stream or introduce any new main stream course from this academic session. 

gearing up

  • Earlier, the college authorities had been imparting martial arts training to NSS volunteers and hostel inmates. However, from this session, the authorities have decided to enrol as many girl students for the course.
  • The college is also mulling to come up with yoga and mental health course from this session.
  • The course will have 40 seats and students of any stream can opt for it as an additional course with their main stream subject.

Admission schedule

  • Admission forms will be available from June 5.
  • Last date for submission of forms is July 4.
  • Display of merit list and admission on July 7.
  • College Helpline: 0172- 2603497

cut-off percentage
stream cut-off in 2013

  • BA 45 per cent
  • B.Sc (IT) 60 per cent
  • BCom 69 per cent
  • BCA 50 per cent n BBA 64 per cent



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