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Allotment of Lajpat Rai Bhavan cancelled
Chandigarh, April 19
The Estate Office today cancelled the allotment of Lajpat Rai Bhavan in Sector 15 here for allegedly misusing its premises. The land was allotted to the bhavan on concessional rates.

Villagers chase out demolition squad again
Chandigarh, April 19
For the second consecutive time within a month, members of the demolition squad of the Land Acquisition Office had to make a hasty retreat when residents of Kaimbwala village began pelting stones at them. At least three labourers were hurt in the incident.

Admn order to liquor vends on signboards
Chandigarh, April 19
Allotees of liquor vends in the city have been categorically told not to write slogans and put up banners announcing the location of a vend for aesthetic reasons.



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Notorious car thief held
Chandigarh, April 19
The Crime Branch of the Chandigarh Police today arrested a notorious car thief, who is said to be involved in more than 50 cases of theft, with a stolen car. Besides this, a Sector 38 resident was also nabbed by the police while allegedly carrying 1 kg of ganja. About the car lifter, in- charge of Crime Branch Inspector Satbir Singh said 58-year-old Mohammad Ikram of Burail village was arrested from near the village this afternoon. He was nabbed by a police party while driving a stolen Maruti Car
(CH-01-H-8486). The car was stolen from Badheri village in March this year.





Mohammad Ikram in police custody in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Mohammad Ikram in police custody in Chandigarh

7 held for murder bid
Chandigarh, April 19
The local police today arrested seven persons on charges of attempt to murder and rioting for allegedly assaulting two brothers in Charan Singh Colony yesterday. The injured were admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, in critical condition.

Body found near ISBT-43
Chandigarh, April 19
A semi-clad body of an unidentified man in his 40s was found near the Sector 43, ISBT, this afternoon. The police ruled out the possibility of any foul play as no visible injury marks were found on the body.

 
COMMUNITY

Work begins on sewage plant
Link to sewerage missing
Mohali, April 19
Work has at last begun on the Rs
20-crore sewage treatment plant here, but thanks to PUDA’s casual approach, the very purpose of the project may be defeated in the absence of a vital link to the town’s sewer system.

Tibetan youth protest in Sector 17, Chandigarh
Tibetan youth protest in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. They are on their way to New Delhi from Dehra Dun on bicycles to gather support from the Indian masses. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Power supply to polluting units severed
Chandigarh, April 19
Acting on the directions of the Punjab Pollution Control Board, the Punjab State Electricity Board has disconnected the power connections of Messrs PML Industries, Behra village, and Messrs Cepham Milk Specialties, Bhagwanpura village, falling in the newly created district of Mohali.

A “shocking”power bill
Chandigarh, April 19
Mr K.P.Singh, a government servant residing in Sector 45 here, got the shock of his life when he recently got a power bill amounting to Rs 1,84,111.

Probe demanded into overcharging in power bills
Chandigarh, April 19
The local unit of the Janata Party today demanded an inquiry into the overcharging in electricity bills due to wrong computing of power consumption. The computer software being used to calculate the power consumption was not accurate, it said.

Mother comes looking for missing
Amit Dutta

Chandigarh, April 19
The mother of Amit Dutta, the final year Applied Art student of Government Art College, who disappeared after taking one final exam, was in the city today to hunt for her son. Amit, it may be remembered, had been protesting against the college authorities for stifling his creativity. And though the issue had apparently been resolved between him and the principal who convinced him of fair play, Amit went off after giving one exam last week.



Amit Dutta's mother Urmila Dutta (extreme right) in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by VInay Malik

Amit Dutta's mother Urmila Dutta in Chandigarh

Neglected children start navjeevan at Home
Chandigarh, April 19
Four something Mariam stares into emptiness at the very mention of the word “home”. A few months old in the world of happiness, she still feels “home” has something to do with the dark days at Ramgarh where her stepmother used to force her into physical tasks her tender limbs could hardly endure.


About 20 neglected children from the region have come home to the safety of Don Bosco’s Navjeevan Home for the Young at Risk, located in Sector 47, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik
About 20 neglected children from the region have come home to the safety of Don Bosco’s Navjeevan Home for the Young at Risk, located in Sector 47, Chandigarh

AV Singh panel report on cadet restructure implemented
Chandigarh, April 19
The long awaited implementation of recommendations of the A.V. Singh Committee on cadre restructure has finally come through for officers of the Territorial Army.

Riders for 2008 Olympics to be identified during horse show
Chandigarh, April 19
The Army would identify prospective riders for competing at the 2008 Olympics to be held at Beijing during the Chandigarh Horse Show, scheduled to begin here from April 23.

Major-Gen G S Dhillon from Headquarters Western Command (centre) and other officers during a briefing on the scheduled Chandigarh Horse Show in Chandimandir on Wednesday.
Major-Gen G S Dhillon from Headquarters Western Command and other officers during a briefing on the scheduled Chandigarh Horse Show in Chandimandir

4 habitual traffic offenders penalised
Chandigarh, April 19
The Chandigarh Traffic police has recommended the suspension of driving licences of four habitual offenders under Section 19 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, for a period of one to three months from May 1.

European body happy over forest projects
Panchkula, April 19
A delegation of European Parliament today visited Brara block of Ambala district and expressed satisfaction over the projects being undertaken under the Forest Community Projects there.

Excise dept registers increase in revenue
Chandigarh, April 19
Due to changes made in the system of reviewing the revenue being earned by the UT Excise and Taxation Department, the total revenue earned by the department during the financial year 2005-2006 registered an increase of about 40 per cent against the targeted income.

 
CRIME

2 burglars arrested; 3
cases solved

Chandigarh, April 19
The Crime Branch of the Chandigarh Police claimed to have solved at least three cases of burglary committed in the city and Mohali with the arrest of two notorious burglars. The police also claimed to have recovered 1 kg of silver, three CD players and one gas cylinder from their possession.

Sandeep and Sher Bahadur in police custody at the crime branch of the Chandigarh Police on Wednesday.


Sandeep and Sher Bahadur in police custody at the crime branch of the Chandigarh Police

2 cars, scooter stolen in city
Chandigarh, April 19
Two cars and a scooter were stolen from the city. Besides this, the police has arrested eight persons from various parts of the city on charges of indulging in gambling.

Woman killed in road mishap
Chandigarh, April 19
A 59-year-old woman succumbed to injuries late last night, while another accompanying her was seriously hurt, when a speeding car hit them in front of the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday morning.

Employer abuses maid
Mohali, April 19
A resident of Matour village has alleged that her employer beat her up and tore her clothes when she refused to work on a low salary . The maid complained that she was working in the house of a Sector 70 resident for the past one year but was paid Rs 300 per month only.

BUSINESS

Matrix launches country-specific SIM cards
Chandigarh, April 19
Leading mobile phone and wireless communication service provider on international basis, Matrix Cellular Services, today launched its services in Punjab, by opening three outlets at Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Jalandhar.

 
EDUCATION

Pathak releases book on weed management
Chandigarh, April 19
The first international handbook on eco friendly management of weeds was released by Prof. K. N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor Panjab University, here today.

Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof K.N. Pathak (extreme left) releasing the ‘Handbook of Sustainable Weed Management’ at PU in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph


Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof K.N. Pathak releasing the ‘Handbook of Sustainable Weed Management’ at PU in Chandigarh

8,500 apply for CET exam
Chandigarh, April 19
Over 8,500 students have filled in the application forms for the Common Entrance Test 2006 to be held by Panjab University for admission to various undergraduate science courses. The last date for receiving these applications was today. Sources added that the number of application forms had gone up substantially from about 6,000 forms which were sold last year.

DPI defends Principal’s award
Chandigarh, April 19
In two separate but similarly worded letters, Chandigarh’s Director Public Instructions Schools, Mr D.S Mangat, and Ms Saroj Gupta, Principal, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19-C, have contested facts of the news story “GMSSS-19 Principal takes education department for a ride?”, saying the Administration made no mistake in honouring the said Principal, as “she achieved a 100 per cent result in the Middle Standard Examination 2006 in the English medium-Model School Category”.

YPS opens learning centre
Mohali, April 19
In an initiative towards inclusive education, a special learning centre for strudents with learning difficulties was inaugurated at Yadvindra Public School here by the school Principal, Dr H.S. Dhillon.

Surajpur DAV students excel in contests
Panchkula, April 19
Students of DAV Senior Public School, BCW, Surajpur, brought laurels by winning prizes in different categories of competitions held at Hans Raj Public School, Sector 8, to commemorate Mahatma Hans Raj Jayanti Cultural Tournament, here today.

DA for university employees
Chandigarh, April 19
Regular and ad hoc staff of Panjab University will get dearness allowance enhanced from 21 per cent to 24 per cent from January 1. A decision in this regard was taken by the Vice-Chancellor yesterday.

 

CULTURE


Rehmat-e-Alam conference held
Chandigarh, April 19
“Universal peace, harmony and brotherhood is the essence of the teachings enshrined in the holy Quran and every follower of Islam must imbibe and abide by its injunctions,” exhorted Maulana Abdul Aleem Faruqui, former general secretary of Jamait-ul-Ulema-Hind.

Maulana Abdul Aleem Faruqui delivers a discourse at Rehmat-e-Alam conference at Jama Masjid in Chandigarh on Sunday. Also seen in the picture is Maulana Ajmal Khan, the Imam. — A Tribune photograph by Parvesh Chauhan

Maulana Abdul Aleem Faruqui delivers a discourse at Rehmat-e-Alam conference at Jama Masjid in Chandigarh

HEALTH

Kidney transplant patients in search of funds
Chandigarh, April 19
Philanthropy—it's the one thing that keeps bringing back patients seeking a renal transplant to the city, and Jharkhand resident Tarkeshwar and Uttar Pradesh Pramod Kumar are no exception.

 
SPORTS

Chandigarh, Mohali win Sushil Bali matches
Chandigarh, April 19
The Chandigarh team thrashed the Jalandhar team in the Sushil Bali Cricket Trophy at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, here today. In reply of 308, Jalandhar scored 209 with the help of Robin Thapar (61), Karan (32) and Mandeep (32).

Winners of the volleyball tournament along with Mr S.S. Sandhu, Commandant, 134 Battalion, CRPF, and Mr D.P. Sinha, Additional Director-General, CRPF.

Winners of the volleyball tournament along with Mr S.S. Sandhu, Commandant, 134 Battalion, CRPF, and Mr D.P. Sinha, Additional Director-General, CRPF

Down but not out
Chandigarh, April 19
A thorough professional on the greens, 21-year-old local caddie-turned-golfer Harinder Gupta has had two consecutive victories at the Hero Golf Chandigarh Open in 2004 and 2005.

Another CLTA lad selected for Junior Davis Cup
Chandigarh, April 19
With his selection for the Junior Davis Cup, Vijyant Malik, a local lad, is the third player of the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association who have been selected for this prestigious cup.

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