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HC orders closure of toll barrier
Chandigarh, March 17
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the closure of the Dera Bassi toll plaza with immediate effect.

Takes note of ‘swinging’ flyover
Chandigarh/Zirakpur, March 17
The “swinging” of the Zirakpur flyover has not escaped the attention of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. A Division Bench comprising Justice Uma Nath Singh and Justice AN Jindal asked an official of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to give details in this regard.

NHAI officials inspect the flyover at Zirakpur on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan



EARLIER STORIES

Kalka
Most encroachments go
Kalka, March 17
The NHAI demolished hundreds of buildings along the NH-22 here today. NHAI project director KP Sharma confirmed that a majority of encroachments in the town had been removed. However, it would take some more time to demolish illegal structures in multistoreyed buildings as it could pose danger to adjoining buildings, besides electrical and other installations. The NHAI would submit a compliance report to the court tomorrow, he said.

Demolition in progress at Kalka on Tuesday. Photo by Pradeep Tiwari

Beant Assassination Case
Prime witness told to vacate house
Chandigarh, March 17
Balwinder Singh, a whistle blower and a prime witness in the Beant Singh assassination case, today got a shock when UT estate officials trudging with the orders of the Sub-divisional Magistrate (East) allegedly barged into his house this afternoon ordering him to vacate it.

PGI diagnosis technique gets US patent
Chandigarh, March 17
Prof Amod Gupta (Centre) addresses the media on the occasion of 3rd Founders’ Day of the Advanced Eye Centre at PGI in Chandigarh on Tuesday. In a major development, which will surely give boost to research at PGI, the institute has obtained the US patent for a unique methodology, Quadraplex PCR, for diagnosing various types of eye infections caused by parasite, fungus, bacteria and virus in one single examination.


Prof Amod Gupta (Centre) addresses the media on the occasion of 3rd Founders’ Day of the Advanced Eye Centre at PGI in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Photo: Vinay Malik




COMMUNITY

Slump takes its toll on poll funding
Chandigarh, March 17
The recession has taken its toll on the corporate funding for the Chandigarh parliamentary seat. With the recession hitting corporates and businessmen hard, major political parties are relying on the contributions of workers and "well-wishers" to part finance the election campaign.

Satya Pal JainCandidate’s Profile: Satya Pal Jain
From hawker to MP
Chandigarh, March 17
It is a typical rags-to-riches story for the BJP's virtually permanent candidate from the Chandigarh seat -- Satya Pal Jain. From a newspaper hawker at Kharar in Chandigarh's vicinity to senior advocate and two-time MP, Jain's success story is scripted by dint of hardwork and perseverance.

Colony cell chief quits BJP
Chandigarh, March 17
In a development that may have affect on BJP candidate Satya Pal Jain's prospects in the coming elections, colony cell president of the party Shashi Shankar Tiwari is understood to have resigned.

1 TIMER
Vote to change
Elections are an opportunity to exercise our right to franchise. Even after 60 years of Independence, it is a shame that we do not have politicians who can be entrusted with the task of taking the country on the path of progress.

Visually challenged protest for jobs
Chandigarh, March 17
Visually challenged from Punjab staged a protest near Parade Ground in Sector 17 for the state government jobs. They assembled near Parade Ground and raised slogans against the indifferent attitude of the state government, which was not paying heed to their long-pending demands.

Visually challenged protest near Parade Ground in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Ragging
Academicians welcome SC move
Chandigarh, March 17
City academecia has welcomed Supreme Court’s latest directive of cutting off financial aid to educational institutions that are not complying with the directions to curtail ragging. Citing it as the much-required exemplary directive, city principals believe to accelerate the ‘no tolerance to ragging’ movement.

Army officer heads ITBP vet wing
Chandigarh, March 17
For the first time perhaps, a serving Army officer is heading the veterinary department of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). The development comes after the two senior-most ITBP officers in line for the post were not approved for promotion by the ITBP headquarters for professional reasons, sources said.

Fraud
Nod to action against HUDA official
Panchkula, March 17
The chief administrator of HUDA, TC Gupta, has ordered to file a complaint with the police against one of the employees at the HUDA office when it was found that a file in his custody was used to forge documents by some property dealers. The file was also found missing from the office. The accused, however, got admitted to the civil hospital, complaining of chest pain.

Go Air flight
Chandigarh, March 17
Go Air is going to start Mumbai, Delhi and Chandigarh flight soon and the sale of tickets of which began today.


EDUCATION

No faculty for new courses
PU students submit memo to VC
Chandigarh, March 17
Panjab University Campus Students Council submitted a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor today regarding various problems faced by the students of the courses that were introduced in last academic year.

Distortion of map of India
Hindi syllabus books omit PoK
Mohali, March 17
Despite the Government of India objecting at national and international forums to the distortion of the map of India, by not showing the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) as part of India, a Mohali-based publisher has committed the glaring omission in the Indian map.

A distorted map in the Hindi books of Class IV and V without the PoK as part of India.

PU refuses security to Jimmey Shergill
Chandigarh, March 17
Panjab University authorities today refused to grant permission to the film actor Jimmey Shergill, who visited the campus, for promotion of one of his Punjabi movie. One of the student organisations requested the university authorities to provide security to the actor in the campus.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Punjab history conference ends at Pbi varsity
Patiala, March 17
“Spirituality was the main thrust of theology and theosophy of Sikhism as enshrined in Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of the Sikhs.” This was stated by Tarlochan Singh, an MP and a former chairman of the Minorities Commission of India, in his address at the valedictory function of the 41st Punjab History Conference, which concluded at the Punjabi University’s Senate hall here yesterday.

Bank employee found dead
Ambala, March 17
The body of a bank employee was recovered from the lake of the municipal park at Ambala City this morning. The deceased, Mohinder Singh, who was an employee in Co-operative Bank, Patavi was missing for the last three days.

Two held under NDPS Act
Banur, March 17
The Banur police today arrested one person for illegal sale of medicines. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him at Banur police station.

Man killed in train accident
Ambala, March 17
Fifty-year-old Balwan Singh Rana, a resident of Saran village, died when he came under a train on the Jagadhri-Ambala rail line while crossing.

COURTS

Writing samples of Saji sent to lab
Chandigarh, March 17
The police today obtained handwriting samples of Saji Mohan in a local court here today. It has also taken production warrants of Balwinder Kumar, superintendent of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), for tomorrow in the over Rs 13 lakh embezzlement case.

Soldier’s Pension Claim
Respond within four months, HC tells Centre
Chandigarh, March 17
Seventy years after Sham Singh left the country for Shanghai to get himself enrolled with the Indian National Army (INA), the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asserted the rejection for his freedom fighter pension claim was “unfortunate”.

Trial against ITBP doc begins
Chandigarh, March 17
The General Force Court (GFC) to try an Indo-Tibetan Border Police doctor on charges of professional impropriety commenced at Ramgarh near here today. The officer, Assistant Commandant V.L.N Thakur, is facing three charges, ITBP sources said.

Consumer Forum
ICICI Bank told to pay Rs 24,000
Chandigarh, March 17
The district consumer disputes redressal forum has directed Mumbai-based ICICI Bank Bonds 96 (DDBI) and ICICI bank to pay Rs 24,000 along with 12 per cent compound interest from July 2006 till June 2008 to a resident of Sector 46 due to deficiency in services.

Star News staffer seeks bail
Chandigarh, March 17
Following a brawl between reporters and cameramen of two national television channels, Star and Sahara Samay, yesterday, the correspondent of the Star News filed an anticipatory bail in the local courts here today.

CRIME

Sexologist’s Murder
All accused arrested
Zirakpur, March 17
The Zirakpur police claimed to have arrested all the four accused involved in the murder case of Dharamvir, a 60-year-old Ayurveda sexologist, today. Dera Bassi DSP JS Khaira said in the investigation it was found that the accused entered the rented office in wee hours when the sexologist was about to leave for morning walk.

Man caught stealing bike
Chandigarh, March 17
A Himachal resident was caught red-handed while stealing a motorcycle from the PGI on Monday.

Kshitij 21-yr-old killed in accident
Panchkula, March 17
An upcoming engineer from Panchkula was killed in a road
accident early this morning. The victim, identified as Kshitij (21),
was killed while his friend Piyush Chaudhary was seriously injured when they met with an accident near Karnal around 5 am.
Kshitik was an alumnus of Hansraj Public School here.

SPORTS

Punjab Police, BSF to lock horns in final
Chandigarh, March 17
Defending champions Punjab Police and runners-up Border Security Force (BSF) will clash in the final of the 57th All-India Police Hockey Championship being organised by the Chandigarh Police at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here tomorrow.

A goalkeeper tries to save a goal during a hockey semifinal between BSF and Haryana at Sector 42 in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Tennis
Shokeen upsets Syrym in men’s singles
Chandigarh, March 17
Barry King (IRL) prevailed over Alexei Filenkov (Russia) 7-5, 6-1 in the men’s singles first round match here today in the ongoing US $ 15,000 ITF Men's Futures Tennis Tournament being played at the CLTA Tennis Stadium in Sector 10.

Stunning comeback
Chandigarh, March 17
Vivek Shokeen After staying away from the game for a year due to cyst in his right wrist, wild card entrant Vivek Shokeen tasted his first win stunning Syrym Abdukhalikov (Kazakhstan) 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 here today during the ongoing Future Tennis Tournament at CLTA Tennis Stadium in Sector 10.

Angad takes four-stroke lead
Chandigarh, March 17
It was Angad Cheema's day. This 19-year-old Chandigarh lad raced ahead of the pack firing a four under par 66 to take a four-stroke lead on the opening day of the LG Rambagh Golf Club Open in Jaipur today.


 



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