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Police putting pressure to withdraw cases: Samra
Chandigarh, May 18
Charging senior police officials at Jalandhar for implicating him in false cases of cheating, Dr Gurvinder Singh Samra, the CBI complainant who got two judicial officers trapped in a corruption case, today said he and family were being constantly threatened by the police for exposing the nexus between judicial officers and senior police officials.

The story of friend turned foe

Dr Gurvinder Singh Samra, the CBI complainant in the corruption case against two judicial officers, at a press conference in Chandigarh on Sunday. 
— A Tribune photograph

PUDA orders resumption of plots
SAS Nagar, May 18
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority has ordered the resumption of plots given out to the United Cooperative Housing Society and the Danga Pirat Cooperative House Building Society here following the non-payment of about Rs 7 crore to the authority.

PU bans 8 students for 5 yrs
Use of unfair means in examination
Chandigarh, May 18
Panjab University has banned as many as eight students from taking any university examination for a period of five years after they were found guilty of using unfair means in the annual examination.



Kirandeep KaurNon-inclusion in camp leaves rower dejected
Chandigarh, May 18
Kirandeep Kaur is a 19-year-old local multifaceted sports personality. She has to her credit glorious performances in rowing, swimming and cycling. However, today she is dejected as she has been kept out from the national camp organised by the Rowing Federation of India, in progress at Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad.

Environmentalists, foresters against raising crest level of Sukhna dam
Chandigarh, May 18
It was a gathering of experts. The topic of discussion was ways and means to save Chandigarh’s lifeline, the Sukhna Lake, from drying out and preventing the eco-system of the Union Territory from getting disturbed. The speakers at The Tribune interactive session held at the Nepli forest reserve, just north of Chandigarh, on Sunday morning included professional forest managers and former engineers of the Irrigwhich would help save the lake. 

PGI patient falls to death
Chandigarh, May 18
A PGI patient died here today after he accidentally fell from the fifth floor. Narinder Pal Singh, 45, slipped on the ramp when he came out for morning walk to fall on the ground from the fifth floor, the police said.

Cultural organisations across the city are facing a great deal of trouble these days. Ever since the prime venue for almost all art events — the Tagore Theatre — closed down for repairs some days back, the organisers have been worrying about what to do and where to go. Whatever the shortfalls of Tagore Theatre, it has managed to remain the focal point of all cultural events.



Man blames BSNL for losses
Chandigarh, May 18
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has blocked incoming calls on the cellular phone (No. 94170 - 12555) of a painter, Mr Om Parkash, a resident of Palsora, though he has cleared all his dues.

Sweepers’ agitation exposes chinks in ruling Congress
Chandigarh, May 18
Almost a month-long agitation of the Sweepers Union has for the first time exposed chinks in the majority Congress in the Municipal Corporation, with party councillors taking contradictory stands openly after a 17-month domination of the party in the corporation.

Mr Gurchand Singh, a farmer (right), being felicitated by Mr Ranjit Singh Sodhi
Mr Gurchand Singh, a farmer (right), being felicitated by Mr Ranjit Singh Sodhi, RSM, AirTel, on winning free airtime worth Rs 1 lakh in the AirTel Magic Rs 10 crores free talk time offer in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Concern over increasing trend of violence
Chandigarh, May 18
Crime is not just increasing but has become institutionalised by becoming one of the pillars of strength of politicians, said Mr Radhe Shyam Sharma, a former Editor of Dainik Tribune, while addressing a lecture on “Violence— A Threat To Democracy” organised by Samashti (Krishan Kant Thinkers’ Forum) at the Lajpat Rai Bhavan here today.

Residents demand spray of insecticides
Chandigarh, May 18
It was probably a decade ago when insecticides were sprayed in Sector 29-B to keep a check on inbreeding of mosquitoes. It has exposed the residents to the spread of malaria and other mosquito-carried diseases.

Complainants — criminals or victims?
Chandigarh, May 18
Are CBI complainants mostly criminals wanted by the police or are they victims of police harassment ? The recent case of Dr Gurvinder Singh Samra, who initiated CBI raids against Jalandhar District and Sessions Judge R.M. Gupta and Chandigarh Judicial Magistrate (First Class), S.S. Bhardwaj, is no exception. 

Nirmala Devi honoured
Chandigarh, May 18
The President of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, was in the city today to honour Ms Nirmala Devi, a resident of Pipli village, district Mandi, who had in a daring act, killed a leopard with a sickle on April 17.

Local industry in bad shape: SAD
SAS Nagar, May 18
The SAS Nagar circle unit of the SAD today said industries in the Kharar constituency were gradually closing down and accused the Congress government in Punjab of failing to fulfil its promises made during the Assembly elections.

‘Article 21 doesn’t include right to die’
Chandigarh, May 18
Ms Tejinder Kaur Soni, a socio-legal expert, has observed that the Supreme Court has rightly held that the right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution does not include ‘right to die’ or ‘right to be killed’. 

Man crushed to death
Lalru, May 18
A 30-year-old resident of Rani Majra was crushed to death by a private bus on the Ambala-Nariangarh road, near Handesra village last night. 

Grooming young, old alike in English
Chandigarh, May 18
If utilising your child’s free time on something constructive is what occupies your mind, then Ms Promila Mahajan of “The Finesse — the institute for languages” has a solution for you. She has devised a composite programme of grooming for schoolchildren.



Harrowing show for 4 movie buffs
Panchkula, May 18
It was a show that viewers would remember for a long time. At least three viewers were robbed of their mobile phones and another one lost Rs 4,000 in cash during the interval of a movie, Armaan, at Suraj Theatre today.

Man cheated by tantrik
Chandigarh, May 18
A resident of Sector 23, Mr Vikram Singh, in a complaint to the Senior Superintendent of Police said he and his wife had been cheated by a resident of Sector 23, Jolly Baba, who claimed himself to be tantrik. He said the tantrik had taken Rs 8,000 to get his work done.

Suicide bid by girl
Chandigarh, May 18
Anita, a 16-year-old girl of Colony Number 5, allegedly attempted self-immolation by pouring kerosene on her body at her home this evening.


SSI units sore over additional tax burden
Chandigarh, May 18
The small scale industrial units in the city are up in arms against the Municipal Corporation’s decision to impose 5 per cent property tax on industrial property besides commercial property. They have claimed that ever since its inception, the MC had not undertaken any major development work in the Industrial Area, Phase I and II, so it had no right to overburden the Industry with additional taxes.



PU to review paper setting system
Chandigarh, May 18
Panjab University has decided to review the present system being used to set question papers for undergraduate degree courses being conducted in colleges affiliated to the university.

Summer camps galore for kids
Chandigarh, May 18
If you wish to develop your child’s personality, make him join a summer workshop. Several such camps are being organised in the city and are offering crash courses in personality development. Gone are the days when the camps used to offer lessons in singing, dancing or computers. Things have changed now. 

Where action speaks louder than words
n impressive building, a nursery of medicinal and ornamental plants and an alluring hostel structure spread over an area of eight acres coalesce to give life to Malwa International Public School. 

Enjoy creativity this summer vacation
Aruna Bhardwaj E
very student eagerly awaits the summer vacation. Just the mention of the word “holiday” can bring a gleam of joy on his face. Those who thoughtfully made a provision for a summer break while planning for the academic year in schools deserve to be complimented because all work and no play can be a drag and is always counterproductive.

Annual function of Professional Tutorials
Chandigarh, May 18
The Chandigarh chapter of Professional Tutorials, an MBA entrance training institute, organised its fifth annual farewell-cum-felicitation function at a hotel in Sector 35, here today.



A date with Sahir’s film songs
Singers remember Sahir Ludhianvi by singing his popular film songsChandigarh, May 18
Upcoming young singers of the city remembered the “poet of the masses” Sahir Ludhianvi by singing his popular film songs which had made the poet a household name all over the country. The occasion was the 14th Sahir Ludhianvi Musical Evening organised by the Majlis Journalists and Artistes Association in collaboration with the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation at CSIO Auditorium in Sector 30 here this evening.
Singers remember Sahir Ludhianvi by singing his popular film songs at CSIO Auditorium, Sector 30, in Chandigarh on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph


Dental clinic inaugurated
Chandigarh, May 18
A round-the-clock dental clinic Dental Heights (diagnostic centre) was inaugurated today by Dr I.C. Pathak, former Director, PGI, at Sector 17, here today. The centre is a new addition to the Chandigarh Dental Centre.

Homoeopathic clinic to train interns
Patients being examined at a free homoeopathic dispensaryPanchkula, May 18
A free homoeopathic dispensary was inaugurated by Mr V.K. Sood, president of the Sood Sabha Charitable Trust, Chandigarh, at Sood Bhavan in Sector 10 here today. The dispensary has been set up as an extension service of Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Sector 26, Chandigarh. 
Patients being examined at a free homoeopathic dispensary which was inaugurated at Sood Bhavan, Sector 10, Panchkula, on Sunday.
— A Tribune photograph



Thumping win for ICL Certification-XI
Chandigarh, May 18
ICL Certification XI outplayed New India Insurance-XI by eight wickets, thanks to an unbeaten knock of 62 runs by Sanjeev, in a division 'C' match of the VIIth UT League Cricket Tournament for Kinetic Trophy played today.

The VII UT League Cricket meet in progress at PEC, Sector 12, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Cash-strapped COA faces uphill task
Chandigarh, May 18
Shortage of funds is the biggest stumbling block that the newly constituted executive committee of the Chandigarh Olympic Association is facing. The committee was planning to hold summer games this year in an effort to popularise sports in the union territory as also to involve youths in a sporting programme during vacations in schools and colleges, but it would not be possible due to paucity of funds, according to Rana Gurmit Sodhi, president of the association.


HUDA plans to reclaim land along nullah
Panchkula, May 18
HUDA plans to reclaim about 20 acres of land along a seasonal rivulet here and develop it as residential and institutional plots. These plots will be carved out along the Singh Nullah choe in Sectors 2, 4, 12 and 12-A. While HUDA has already carried out a survey in Sectors 12 and 12-A to assess the total area that can be retrieved, a final survey along the nullah in Sectors 2 and 4 is yet to be carried out.

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