09032017-CT-01.qxd 3/9/2017 1:09 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TEST OF GOLFERS AT INDIAN OPEN THURSDAY | 9 MARCH 2017| chandigarh TRAVEL: CHANDIGARH-KULLU VIOLATIONS: 3 SCHOOL BUSES IMPOUNDED, 42 CHALLANED Þ PAGE 2 FLIGHT FROM MARCH 27 Þ PAGE 6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY MAXIMUM THURSDAY Þ PAGE 4 YESTERDAY 24°C 25°C MINIMUM 13°C 14.5°C SUNSET SUNRISE THURSDAY FRIDAY 6.27 PM 6.38 AM Can’t relocate stray dogs from Sukhna: UT Together we can Administration cites law before court for failure to do so Tribune News Service Girls wearing pink turbans make a human chain to mark International Women’s Day in Chandigarh on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN SEE ALSO PAGE 5 Testing times : CBSE Class 19-year-old youth X, XII exams begin today commits suicide Tribune News Service Helpline of no use, students fail to get response from subject experts Charu Chhibber Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 8 The examination helpline started by the UT Education Department on February 10 with a view to providing exam-related assistance to students and parents turned out to be hopeless for students on the eve of their first exam. The CBSE board exams of Classes X and XII are starting tomorrow. Class XII students are set to sit for their English exam in the morning but despite repeated calls, all three English helpline numbers have remained out of bounds, rued Ruchi Narang and Sanjay Saluja, parents of Class XII students. After receiving several complaints from tricity students about the same, Chandigarh Tribune called on all three English helpline numbers, but to no avail. Repeated calls during the helpline hours were met with no response. Calls to helpline numbers of several other subjects, too, evoked no response. These included commerce, physics, Punjabi, social science and Hindi. Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, Prerna Singhal, mother of two, said, “If the subject experts don’t want to take calls from students, why do they agree to join the panel? HELPLINE NUMBERS OF EDUCATION DEPT NAME OF THE TEACHER SUBJECT HELPLINE NUMBER Sarabjeet Kaur Punjabi 9878456646 Devinder Singh Math 9417302357 Sangeeta Chhabra English 9814733191 Neenu Rajvanshi Chemistry 9463656006 Jasjeet Kaur Science 9417513655 Sonia Economics 9501004383 Kamlesh Pathania Hindi 9478715323 Mini Bhasin Commerce 9814101063 E.D. Khan English 9779861199 Ishu Gupta Science 9463586943 Yogita Khanna English 9780438475 Jaspal Kaur Geography 9872341016 Kuldeep Singh Physics 9814183216 Dheerja S.S.T. 8283835730 Chandra Prabha Math 9417881345 Sunita Kapoor Counsellor 8054158996 CBSE helpline The psychological counselling helpline of the CBSE is on from February 9 till April 29 for students and parents. The tollfree helpline number is: 1800 11 8004. They think it is some sort of a joke?” Another parent, Rajesh Chauhan, added that students, especially those who were weak in particular subjects, had been banking upon the helpline for lastminute assistance, but felt let down by teachers. “Just the thought that help is a call away gives student solace but the refusal of teachers on the other end of the helpline to receive calls affects them adversely. I hope they understand this,” he said. Last year, too, the students and parents faced a similar problem as the helpline number of several subjects, including commerce and Hindi, remained largely unresponsive, especially close to the examination. The Director, School Education, Rubinderjit Singh Brar, was not available for comments. Chandigarh, March 8 A 19-year-old youth reportedly committed suicide today by hanging himself at his house in Khuda Lahora. The victim, Akash, was supposed to appear for his Class XII compartment exam on Thursday. The victim has left a suicide note in which he did not blame anyone. Police sources said the victim was studying in his room for the English compartment exam. His younger brother, Sawan, was also at the house and was studying in another room. After the victim did not open the door of his room, his younger brother got suspicious. The victim’s brother broke open the door and found the victim hanging. He informed his parents and neighbours after which the victim was rushed to the Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 8 Pay commercial property tax between April 1 and May 31, and get a 10 per cent rebate. The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today announced that under the self-assessment scheme, it would give a 10 per cent rebate during these two months. After May 31, there will be Notices issued to 9,200 defaulters Demand notices have been issued to around 9,200 defaulting assessees to clear their dues. Action is being initiated against them under Section 138 of the Punjab MC Act 1976 as extended to the UT, Chandigarh, to attach their properties after issuing them final show-cause notices. no rebate. Residents will have to pay 25 per cent extra over and above the prescribed rates along with 12 per cent interest per annumn till the end of the month in which the tax is deposited. The victim, Akash, was supposed to appear for his Class XII compartment exam on Thursday. The victim left a suicide note stating that he could not fulfil his parents’ dream. PGI where doctors declared him brought dead. The victim left a suicide note stating that he could not fulfil his parents’ dream. The victim’s father, Pramod Kumar, works as a security guard at the PGI. The sources said the victim had earlier failed in the exam twice. The police said the autopsy would be conducted on Thursday after which the body would be handed over to the family. Inquest proceedings have been initiated at the Sarangpur police station. going to the dogs was discussed on the previous date of hearing as well. The High Court, on a previous date of hearing, had asked the counsel for the UT, Chandigarh, to take remedial measures to eradicate the menace of stray dogs. The Administration was also asked to consider the feasibility of providing subdued lights at the lake to prevent inconvenience to the strollers on the lake during dark. Man loses ~86,000 to online fraud Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 8 In a case of online fraud, a city resident was allegedly duped of Rs 86,000 by a swindler who posed as a bank executive and took ATM card details from the victim. The victim soon found that shopping was done through his account. The victim, Arvind Rana, a resident of Sector 28, who has an account with a private bank, received a call from the fraudster on March 6, who posed as a bank executive. The fraudster asked the victim for his ATM details claiming that he would be issued a new ATM pin. The victim thought it was a call from the bank and revealed all information, including the one-time password (OTP) received on his mobile phone. A few minutes later, the victim found that four continued on p6 ADVANCED TRAUMA CENTRE Charu Chhibber Third machinery breakdown in less than 20 days Tribune News Service ■ The Chandigarh, March 8 Scores of patients and their attendants are facing inconvenience as the lone CT scanner at the Advanced Trauma Centre (ATC) of the PGI has been out of order since March 6. And if sources are to be believed, the machinery is not likely to be repaired this week as the faulty part is to be imported, which is expected to take a few more days. A senior MC official said for the convenience of assessees, printed tax demand bills would be issued by the MC in the beginning of April. There were around 23,000 commercial units within the MC limits, he said. MC to conduct fresh survey The MC is in the process of conducting a fresh physical survey of all residential properties for residential house tax as per the latest technology to ascertain the actual status and to bring those assessees under the net of tax who are evading it. They will be charged 25 per cent extra along with 12 per cent interest as prescribed in the MC bylaws. c m y b CT scanner at the New OPD remained out of order for 10 days after its breakdown on February 17 ■ The MRI machine at the Advanced Paediatric Centre went out of order on February 27 ■ The chest X-ray machine at New OPD went out of order on February 28 The ATC caters to critical patients, many of whom require immediate CT scans. As many as 30 to 35 continued on p6 POWER SHUTDOWN ■ Parts of Sectors 2, 11, 15 and 16, Dhanas village and Sarangpur: 10 am to 3 pm ■ Parts of Sectors 7, 21, 25, 26, 28 and 35: 10 am to 4 pm ■ Parts of tubewell S/D 5 near BBMB, Kalagram, Railway Colony, washing plant, TA Camp and Vikas Nagar, Mani Majra: 10 am to 5 pm UT staff to get DA from July 2016 Tribune News Service CT scans are conducted at the ATC every day. However, due to the breakdown of the scanner, the patients are being diverted to Nehru Hospital. Patients and their attendants are a harried lot as they have to wheel the patient in and out of the ATC for CT scans. Moreover, with the patient load at Nehru Hospital increasing, unwarranted Chandigarh, March 8 In a relief to employees, the UT Administration has decided to release the dearness allowance from July 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016, delinking it from the Punjab Government. The Administration had earlier approved the DA from January 2017, but the employees had been demanding it from July 2016. Various employee associations and federations had demanded that the pending dearness allowance should be released immediately by continued on p6 continued on p6 Patients hit as CT scanner conks out at PGI Pay tax from April 1 to May 31, get 10% rebate COMMERCIAL PROPERTY Couldn’t fulfil parents’ dream: Suicide note Chandigarh, March 8 Over a month after the UT, Chandigarh, was asked to take remedial measures to eradicate the menace of stray dogs at Sukhna Lake, the Punjab and Haryana High Court was today told that the law prevented their relocation. The Bench was told that the law clearly provided for releasing dogs taken for sterilisation back in the area from where they were caught. On the issue of providing subdued lights at the lake, the Bench was told that approximately a 1,200metre area had already been covered, and the process for illuminating the remaining area was on. The Bench of Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Ramendra Jain took note of the developments. The issue regarding preventing the lake from The rain-fed lake at the foothills of the Himalayas was created way back in 1958 by damming the Sukhna choe, a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills. The Bench had asked senior standing counsel for the UT Suvir Sehgal to ask the authorities concerned to make sincere efforts, “so that at least 2-foot water level was increased in the lake…” The Bench had also received from senior advocate Manmohan Lal Sarin and amicus curiae or the friend of the court Tanu Bedi a comprehensive report on the basis of suggestions received from the people on saving the lake. The High Court has already asked the Administration to set up an independent authority for the preservation of Sukhna Lake. The High Court, in its
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