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Dogs on prowl, MC helpless
15 fall victim to canines every day
8,000 stray dogs in city
Chandigarh, May 7
Are dogs man’s best friends? Aye, Aye will say dog lovers. But ask 60-year-old K. I. Mammen of Sector 47 or Geeta Devi, a domestic help, from Colony 5, and their answer will be a loud no.

Sterilisation Drive
NGOs spurn money offer
Chandigarh, May 7
A day after the Municipal Corporation (MC) announced they would pay Rs 800 for sterilising a dog to NGOs, one of the NGOs, “The People for Animals” (PFA), today clarified that they do not charge any money for the job.

School buses jampacked, rules mum
Chandigarh, May 7
In the absence of any strict clause on school transport, the children going to schools are virtually at a greater risk. Reason: The rulebook of the Chandigarh Administration is quiet on school transportation rule.
A school bus jampacked with children in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A school bus jampacked with children in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Recarpeting clogs traffic in Sector 34
Chandigarh, May 7
In was a day of chaos on the road dividing Sector 34 and 35 throughout the day owing to re-carpeting of a stretch on the road.


CJ seeks adoption of “No war” clause by all nations
Chandigarh, May 7
Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Vijender Jain has sought the adoption of “No war” clause by all countries. He was speaking at the ongoing "Conference on Global Article 9” in Tokyo.

Pb, Haryana Consumer Panels
Cases pending as posts lie vacant
Chandigarh, May 7
Acute shortage of judicial members in the Punjab and Haryana Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has led to a number of cases pending in the consumer courts and the government has not made any recruitment so far.


A UT employee drinks water from a water cooler placed inside the women’s toilet at the additional deluxe building in Sector 9, Chandigarh. UT addl deluxe building nobody’s baby
Staff work under unhygienic conditions
Chandigarh, May 7
The additional deluxe building in Sector 9 here, housing offices of several top UT departments, seems to be nobody's baby with over 1,000 employees working under unhygienic conditions. Located just opposite the UT secretariat, where the top brass of the Chandigarh administration formulates policies for the city's upkeep and development, the building seems to have escaped the attention of the authorities concerned.

A UT employee drinks water from a water cooler placed inside the women’s toilet at the additional deluxe building in Sector 9, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Challaning spree at varsity
Traffic personnel challan a vehicle on the Panjab University campus in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, May 7
In the wake of increasing incidents of violence on the Panjab University campus, the traffic police today carried out a special drive and challaned those with filmed windowpanes. The cops even removed films from the windowpanes of the challaned vehicles. This is the first time that the challans have been issued on the university premises.
Traffic personnel challan a vehicle on the Panjab University campus in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

UT to dump its hazardous waste at Dera Bassi
Chandigarh, May 7
In a unique gesture that will go a long way in tackling Chandigarh's hazardous waste menace, the Punjab government has allowed the Union Territory to dump its hazardous waste at the common hazardous waste management plant at Nimbuan(Dera Bassi).

Cool comfort for passengers at ISBT-43
Children play at the newly set up crèche at ISBT, Sector 43.Creche, medical room thrown in
Chandigarh, May 7
Passengers at the Inter-State Bus Terminus, Sector 43, will get to wait for the buses in the lap of luxury on nominal payment. The passengers can now beat the heat while waiting for buses by paying Rs 10 for two hours. Besides, a crèche and a medical room has also been set up at the bus stand to make it state of the art.

Children play at the newly set up crèche at ISBT, Sector 43. — Tribune photo by 
Pravesh Chauhan

Civic Poll
Congress gets an edge in Mohali
Mohali, May 7
In what is bound to give an edge to the Congress in SAS Nagar district, the Bhartiya Janta Party has pitted 16 candidates against its state allies Shiromani Akali Dal for the forthcoming zila parishad and block samiti elections on May 12.

Uttarakhand to honour city author
Dr Jiyalal Handoo Chandigarh, May 7
The Uttarakhand government will be honouring city resident Dr Jiyalal Handoo with the Vidya Bharti award for his contribution to literature, this month. Recently, he was conferred two gold medals by the International Penguin Publishing House and the Friends Forum of India for his literary and social works.

Dr Jiyalal Handoo

Need to promote Indian art: Desai
Chandigarh, May 7
It is our responsibility to preserve the rich heritage of art in India for our posterity and for the world of art lovers so that they could have a glimpse of our rich culture. Niranjan Desai, senior vice-president of the Ocean Cine Fan, said this while talking to mediapersons at Alliance Francaise ‘Le Corbusier’ De here on Monday.

Saving Textile Heritage
CDAC to create software
Chandigarh, May 7
Trying to save the rich textile heritage of the country, the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), is creating software, which will host a number of traditional motifs of various traditional embroideries. Beginning with a software on phulkari, the traditional embroidery of Punjab, the CDAC will create a similar software for kutch, kashmiri and chikankari.

Fake Degree
Teacher gets notice
Chandigarh, May 7
The Chandigarh education department has suspended and issued show-cause notice to a teacher, Paramjit Kaur, for possessing fake degree and concealing the facts regarding her educational qualifications.

Lawyers reconstruct sheds at local courts
The labourers busy in setting up sheds for lawyers near district courts in Panchkula on Wednesday. Panchkula, May 7
More than three months after the district administration demolished the sheds of lawyers from the parking area of the local courts, the construction activity has been resumed on the land adjoining the existing chambers.

The labourers busy in setting up sheds for lawyers near district courts in Panchkula on Wednesday. — Tribune photograph by Manoj Mahajan

Divine creativity on display
Chandigarh, May 7
The People for Animal, an NGO, organised a fund-raising exhibition titled “Divine Palette” at the exhibition hall of Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, here today. Oleographs of late Raja Ravi Verma were also up for sale. Finance secretary of the Chandigarh administration Sanjay Kumar inaugurated the exhibition.

Blood donation
Chandigarh, May 7
The Chandigarh education department is organising a blood donation camp tomorrow at GMSSS-10 at 9 am.

Chandigarh, May 7
The following have been elected the office-bearers of the Welfare Association MIG-I House (Regd), Sector 40-C, Chandigarh, for a tenure of two years.

Save Our Sukhna

The Sukhna Lake, one of the nicest treasures that our beautiful city has to offer, is in grave peril. Be it official apathy or simply bureaucracy tied down by red tape, the efforts of the administration have just not been able to keep pace with the rapidly accumulating silt. The lake bed is shrinking fast and it may very soon be too late to repair the damage.

The Chandigarh Tribune invites concerned citizens to suggest ways to Save Our Sukhna. Letters, in not more than 250 words, can be emailed at rthukral@tribunemail.com or sent to The Tribune Office in the name of the City Editor by Friday May 9, 2008.


Relay fast on
JAC to observe May 13 as ‘Sadbuddhi Diwas’
Chandigarh, May 7
Teachers and students from the department of laws joined the chain fast on its 31st day today. They protested against the delay in declaring Panjab University a central university. Teachers, including Vijay Nagpal, M.S. Bains, Geeta Joshi and Paramjit Kaur, and research scholars B.K. Chawla and Govinder Singh joined the fast today.

PU Notes
Results likely by June 20
Chandigarh, May 7
Panjab University is hopeful to declare the results of all courses early this time as compared to previous years. Thanks to the introduction of OMR sheets in the on-going annul university examinations.

Canadian centre gets Rs 1.2 lakh grant
Chandigarh, May 7
Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, has announced a grant of Rs 1,20,000 to Canadian Studies Centre at Panjab University for the promotion of Indo-Canadian studies.


Parsvnath officials get police remand
Dera Bassi, May 7
A local court today remanded eight employees of Parsvnath Developers to a day in police custody. The eight were arrested yesterday after they allegedly razed the house of a welder here after he refused to sell his land to the group.

North Park Shootout
Accused sent to 14 days judicial remand
Kharar, May 7
The accused in the North Park shooting case has been sent to 14 days judicial remand. Accused Chander Shekhar was produced in a local court today. The Panckula police had applied for transit remand of Chander Shekhar but court denied the same.

Pensioners allege harassment by bank officials
Rajpura, May 7
Pensioners from various villages, including elderly women, allege harassment at the hands of bank employees who refused to release pension to these people today morning.

170 take part in placement drive
Kharar, May 7
After excelling in providing placement opportunities to its students in engineering, business administration and hotel management fields, the Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, has started to put in efforts to provide jobs to students in biotechnology field.

Non-potable water threatens residents’ health
Kharar, May 7
More than 2,500 households in Sunny Enclave, Kharar, are forced to drink non-potable water.

Man dies in civil hospital
Kin allege death due to negligence
Kharar, May 7
Thirty-eight-year old Ajaib Singh, a resident of ward no. 12, Kurali, died at the Kurali civil hospital on Tuesday. His kin alleged death due to medical negligence.


Diplomats, corporates to play in Chandigarh night golf
Chandigarh, May 7
Night golf has finally arrived. Yes, with the sweltering afternoon sun driving residents into air-conditioned comfort, the Chandigarh Golf Club, in collaboration with the Chandigarh tourism department and the Chandigarh Golf Association, has opened its greens for the promotion of golf tourism in the form of night golf.

GMSSS, APJ set up title clash
Mohali, May 7
Government Model Senior Secondary School and APJ, Kharar, have set up a title clash in the APJ U-16 Mohali Cricket Tournament.

Arunima lifts chess title
Chandigarh, May 7
Arunima is Chandigarh women’s chess champion. She lifted the title in the Chandigarh Women’s Chess Championship 2008 that concluded today at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here, today.

U-16 cricket trials tomorrow
Mohali, May 7
Trials for the selection of under-16 cricket team for the Mohali Cricket Association will be held on May 9 at 4 pm at MCA ground, Phase IX.

Billiards: Pankaj, Jaspal move into quarters
Chandigarh, May 7
Pankaj Gulati and Jaspal Singh moved into the quarterfinals of the billiards game of 150 points in the VII Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship at Chandigarh Club here today.


19 held from PU
Chandigarh, May 7
Fear of the law seems to be the last thing on the minds of Panjab University students. The police arrested 19 youngsters carrying sharp-edged weapons in their vehicles from the entry gate of the university here this morning.

Food and supplies officer held in bribery case
Chandigarh, May 7
The Vigilance today arrested Kishan Swaroop Sharma, food and supplies officer, on the charge of taking bribe from Shiv Shambo, a suspended assistant food supply officer.

Man booked for kidnapping wife
Mohali, May 7
The local police here had booked a resident of Ganganagar for kidnapping his estranged wife. The complainant, a resident of Ludhiana, is fighting a case with her husband. The couple had a love marriage in 2003 in Mohali but soon after their marriage, the girl realised that the boy was already married.

One killed in accident
Panchkula , May 7
A 33-year-old man was killed in a head-on collision between a motorcycle and a truck near here today.

Bike, purse from car stolen
Chandigarh, May 7
Dr Anup Kumar of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 here, reported that his motorcycle (CH-03-C-2631) was stolen from Sector 32 on May 5. A case has been registered at the Sector 34 police station.

Two held for assault
Chandigarh, May 7 The police today arrested two youths and booked three others on the charges of assaulting Preetinder Singh, a resident of Sector 21.


Indo-Aussie economic ties set to improve
Chandigarh, May 7
The Australia-India economic relationship has grown steadily in recent years and has the potential to improve considerably as India’s economic growth continues.


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