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Sham Mall owner shot dead
Chandigarh, May 5
Amarjit Singh, owner of Sham Shopping Mall, Sector 34, was shot at by two unidentified armed assailants outside his Sector 35 residence here late tonight. He succumbed to his injuries at Fortis Hospital, Mohali.
Policemen examine the car in which the trader was shot Policemen examine the car in which the trader was shot. 
Tribune photos: Vinay Malik

Students feel poll pinch
Forced to sit in open as classrooms vacated for elections
Chandigarh, May 5
The election process has taken its toll on the primary students of Government Middle School, Palsora, as they are forced to take their lessons in the verandah with the classrooms being handed over to the election department.
Bearing the brunt of the election process, schoolchildren made to sit in a verandah at Government Middle School, Palsora, on Tuesday. Bearing the brunt of the election process, schoolchildren made to sit in a verandah at Government Middle School, Palsoday. 
Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Gangrape victim tries to end life at police station
Kharar, May 5
A 22-year-old gangrape victim today tried to commit suicide at the Kharar police station by consuming some poisonous substance.



EARLIER STORIES

Student held for rape, making obscene MMS
Chandigarh, May 5
The Chandigarh Police today arrested a 17-year-old boy for allegedly raping a 13-year-old daughter of his father’s acquaintance, committing unnatural offences and making obscene MMS to blackmail her.

First Person
Unsavoury night at food street
Chandigarh, May 5
When my 13-year-old son Atharv insisted on going to the night food street for dinner on Sunday, I was quite apprehensive. Having overheard the unpleasant stories (in the reporters’ room) of hooliganism and drunken brawls, I had initially dropped the idea to go there, at least with my family.

A man, in an inebriated condition, lies in front of washrooms at the night food street even as the business goes on as usual. Photo by the writer
A man, in an inebriated condition, lies in front of washrooms at the night food street even as the business goes on as usual.



COMMUNITY

Bansal tackles security concerns
Chandigarh, May 5
The Central government is raising Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) exclusively for the city to strengthen its security, said Congress nominee Pawan Bansal while interacting with shopkeepers on his mass contact programme in city markets and sectors.
BSP candidate Harmohan Dhawan Congress candidate Pawan Bansal during their election campaigns in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
BSP candidate Harmohan Dhawan and (right) Congress candidate Pawan Bansal during their election campaigns in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photographs


Sunny ‘twinkles’ for Jain
Chandigarh, May 5
While it is yet to be figured out if stars will shine on BJP candidate Satya Pal Jain in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, Bollywood stars are not seeming to shine for him. After the cancellation of visits of “dream girl” Hema Malini, who was supposed to campaign for Jain, the visit of Bollywood hunk Sunny Deol today turned out to be a mere twinkle.
BJP candidate Satya Pal Jain with Bollywood star Sunny Deol during his brief halt in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik
BJP candidate Satya Pal Jain with Bollywood star Sunny Deol during his brief halt in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Police sends report to EC
Cong leader accused of using foul language
Chandigarh, May 5
With the May 13 Parliamentary elections for the Chandigarh seat ahead, the campaign is getting personal. A case in point is the alleged use of derogatory language by senior Congress leader and city’s market committee president Devinder Singh Babla against BJP candidate Satya Pal Jain during a public meeting at Mauli Jagran yesterday.

Rajender Kumar Kataria has retained his nameplate of Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, even a month after he was transferred as Director and Joint Secretary, primary education department.
Rajender Kumar Kataria has retained his nameplate of Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, even a month after he was transferred as Director and Joint Secretary, primary education department. Kataria has challenged his transfer in the Central Administrative Tribunal. Tribune photo: 
Manoj Mahajan

Curb on liquor sale
Chandigarh, May 5
UT District Magistrate-cum-Excise and Taxation Commissioner RK Rao has issued orders to check the sale/service of liquor in the areas adjoining the states of Haryana and Punjab (Zirakpur side only falling in Patiala parliamentary constituency) from such liquor vends that are situated on the border of the UT.

Play calls upon people to vote
Chandigarh, May 5
The Samvaad theatre group staged a street play “Vote” at Sector 17 here today.

Casual leave
Chandigarh, May 5
The administration has decided to grant a special casual leave on May 7 to all those employees of UT, who are registered as voters in any of the parliamentary constituency of Haryana and Punjab. — TNS

Signature drive to sensitise voters
Chandigarh, May 5
The Chandigarh Citizen Council today launched a signature campaign at the plaza in Sector 17 to sensitise people about their right to vote. “Through the campaign, we want to target the educated and elite class of the city to exercise their voting right,” said MPS Chawla, council chairman.


Residents take part in a signature campaign in Chandigarh on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph
Residents take part in a signature campaign in Chandigarh on Tuesday.


Rain brings relief from scorching heat
Chandigarh, May 5
Residents of Chandigarh can look forward to some more pleasant days as the meteorological department has predicted some more rain and overcast sky in the next 24 hours. Yesterday’s late night and early morning rain showers brought down the temperature in the city considerably- falling by 10 degree Celsius in just three days.

A man enjoys the shower in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
A man enjoys the shower in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

Employees lock education board’s audit wing
Mohali, May 5
The audit wing of the Punjab School Education Board was locked by the Employees’ Association here today in protest against the alleged harassment to the employees working on contract and daily wage basis.

6 chickenpox cases reported
Chandigarh, May 5
About half a dozen cases of chickenpox have been reported in Colony No. 5, but health officials have denied any knowledge about the same. When a TNS team visited the colony today, residents having one or more members affected by the disease said several people have been suffering from chickenpox over the past one month.

Raid to check food adulteration
Chandigarh, May 5
To check food adulteration in the city, food samples were collected from various places by a team of the health department here today.

Mouse faeces found in sandwich
Chandigarh, May 5
High drama was witnesses at the district courts when a lawyer found mouse faeces in a sandwich bought from Umeed canteen on the court premises here today.

‘Food adulteration goes unchecked’
Mohali, May 5
The Defence Accounts Pensioners’ Welfare Association has urged authorities to adopt strict measures to stop adulteration of food items.

Vaishnav cremated with state honours
Chandigarh, May 5
The mortal remains of former Chief Secretary of Punjab PH Vaishnav were consigned to flames with full state honours at the cremation ground in Sector 25 this afternoon.

Counsumer Courts
Builder told to pay Rs 25,000 as compensation
Chandigarh, May 5
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed A&A Builders & Developers to pay a compensation of Rs 25,000 to Sanjeev Goyal, a complainant, for indulging in unfair trade practice.

CHB gets clean chit
Chandigarh, May 5
In the ongoing dispute of non-allotment of flats in the stipulated time, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has found no deficiency in service on the part of the Chandigarh Housing Board.

Punjab Roadways penalised for poor services
Chandigarh, May 5
Holding the Punjab Roadways guilty of poor services, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed it to pay a compensation of Rs 5,000 to a resident of Sector 18.

Confusion prevails over P’kula MC chief
Panchkula, May 5
Confusion over the status of municipal council president Ravinder Rawal prevailed, as he claimed he was still a president.

Awareness camp
Chandigarh, May 5
The Command Hospital, Chandi Mandir, organised a series of activities to increase awareness about asthma on the World Asthma Day, today.

Mechanic gets burns
Chandigarh, May 5
A 25-year-old mechanic and resident of Dadu Majra sustained 35 per cent burn injuries after he accidentally caught fire from a stove while removing grease from his pant.

Fire at office
Chandigarh, May 5
A minor fire broke out at the marketing office of Swaraj in Sector 34 here yesterday.

Truck driver assaulted
Zirakpur, May 5
The Mohali police sent assistant sub-inspector Bharat Bhushan, who thrashed a truck driver on Sunday night on the Zirakpur-Kalka Highway, to the Police Lines today.

Tribune employee bereaved
Chandigarh, May 5
Bimla Devi (75), mother of Brahm Prakash Sharma, an executive in advertisement department, passed away after a brief illness here today. She is survived by two sons and two daughters.



EDUCATION

Admn bans cell phones in schools
Chandigarh, May 5
In pursuance of the directions of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the department of school education and literacy and the education department of the Chandigarh Administration has instructed all its schools to strictly prohibit the use of mobile phones on the school premises as it causes distractions to the learning atmosphere.

World Asthma Day
Schools get lifesaving tips
Chandigarh, May 5
The death of Delhi teenager Akriti Bhatia after an asthma attack in one of the leading private schools there seems to have finally woken up city-based schools as well as NGOs on the dire need of creating awareness about the condition that nationally plagues 60 per cent of the children.



 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Officials assure basic facilities in poll booths
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 5
A meeting of District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner and election observers was held today, wherein the election process was discussed. The Lok Sabha elections will be held in the nine constituencies of Fatehgarh Sahib on May 13. The election officials said special instructions had been released for the smooth functioning of the elections.

‘Sutlej spillage an accident’
Patiala, May 5
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has confirmed that oil spillage in the Ghanauli drain, which connects to the Satluj, occurred not because of negligence but was an accidental breakdown of metallic pipeline of furnace oil.

8 booked for beating up farmer
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 5
The police has booked eight persons for entering in clash with a resident of Hansali village.

Selja harps on development
Kalka, May 5
Kumari Selja, an MP and Union Minister of Poverty Alleviation and Urban Development, has laid emphasis on various major development projects carried out in the area during the Congress regime. She stated this while addressing a public meeting here today.

24 students get placement
Kharar, May 5
The Doaba Group of Colleges organised a campus placement for its MBA students today.

Bank selects 22 students
Kharar, May 5
Twenty-two students of the Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, have been selected by Federal Bank.

Three booked for rape, kidnap
Dera Bassi, May 5
The police today booked three persons, including a woman, on charges of rape and abduction after a 19-year-old girl lodged a complaint against the suspects here this evening.

Investiture ceremony
Ambala, May 5
A picture of fervour and gaiety was experienced at St Joseph School, Ambala City, on the investiture ceremony. The students took a pledge to serve the institution to their best.

Placement drive
Banur, May 5
The Hubcity Softwares recruited 12 MBA students in a placement drive held at Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology.



COURTS

Lior Case
Court completes recording of evidence
Chandigarh, May 5
Additional District and Sessions Judge RS Attri today completed the recording of evidence in the case against Israel national Lior Avi Ben Moyal, who was allegedly found in possession of 154.5 kg contraband.

CRIME

Three held for gambling
Chandigarh, May 5
The Chandigarh police has arrested eight persons in the past 24 hours for indulging in gambling, bootlegging and drug peddling.

SPORTS

Markan Trophy
Viren Rehal leads Patiala to 294
Chandigarh, May 5
A magnificent knock of 72 runs by Viren Rehal enabled Patiala to make convincing score in the first innings against Chandigarh during the Punjab State Inter-District (Under-16) ML Markan Trophy Tournament today. The tournament is being played at Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium, Patiala.

Kali, Siddharth steer Satluj in final
Panchkula, May 5
Satluj Public School entered the final of the Holy Child Six-A-Side Cricket Tournament for Under-16 by beating Bhavan Vidyalaya by 23 runs in the semifinal played on the Holy Child School ground here today.

Manav rallies to be tied eighth
Chandigarh, May 5
Manav Das of Ambala rallied in the back nine to card a one over 73 card to be tied eighth, as Delhi’s Rashid Khan raced ahead firing a six-under 66 on the opening day of the LG Haryana Open Amateur on the Golden Greens in Gurgaon today.

 



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