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Film City project ‘flops’
Chandigarh, May 18
The city's dream of having the state-of-the-art Film City and emerging as the destination of the cinematic tourism in North India is set to be shattered.

Cousin kills 10-year-old boy
Makes him smoke a bidi containing poisonous substance due to family feud, claim family members
Chandigarh, May 18
Family members of 10-year-old Sagar, who died here today after allegedly smoking a bidi laced with some poisonous substance at the instance of his 11-year-old cousin, have accused the latter’s parents of conspiring to kill their son.
The victim Sagar’s (inset) family, including his mother and grandmother, wails at their Hallomajra residence in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Nari Niketan inmate raped
Chandigarh, May 18
The Chandigarh police today arrested a watchman of Nari Niketan in Sector 26 here for allegedly repeatedly raping a 16-year-old mentally retarded inmate here. The shocking inicident came to light when the victim complained of vomiting and uneasiness with pain in abdomen on Saturday.


EARLIER STORIES

Military Hospital commandant indicted
Procured medicines worth Rs 10 crore illegally
Chandigarh, May 18
An Army court of inquiry (COI) has found large-scale irregularities in the procurement of medical supplies by a Brigadier posted earlier as the Commandant of the Military Hospital in Jalandhar, it is learnt.

Joginder Singh Freedom fighter returns to ward without treatment
Confusion over privileges at PGI
Chandigarh, May 18
An 87-year-old freedom fighter suffering from heart problem had to return to his ward after waiting for 3 hours outside the operation theatre owing to confusion over the privileges provided by the Chandigarh Administration to freedom fighters.

Gurdwara Brawl
Ex-preacher booked for murder bid
Mohali, May 18
Tension prevailed at Sacha Dhan Gurdwara in Phase 3B2 here at around 8:30 am when former head preacher of the gurdwara Amrik Singh Sallomajra took out a loaded pistol and aimed it at one of the devotees on its premises.

Former head preacher of Sacha Dhan Gurdwara, Phase 3B 2, Mohali, Amrik Singh Sallomajra, in the Phase-6 Civil Hospital after being arrested for allegedly taking out a firearm. (inset: cartridges recovered from the preacher). Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

7-yr jail for rape
Chandigarh, May 18
Additional District and Sessions Judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi sentenced Hari Lal to imprisonment of seven years for raping a minor girl. According to the prosecution, the victim used to work as a domestic help. On February 27, 2008, the victim was working in a house when her family friend, Hari Lal, lured her to the house where he used to work.



COMMUNITY

Commuters cold to mini AC buses
Chandigarh, May 18
Making public transport more commuter friendly is on the priority in the agenda of Chandigarh Administration, but the lukewarm response to the recently introduced mini AC buses tend to pose certain questions about the proper implementation of the scheme.

A partly occupied mini AC bus on the PGI route on Monday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Trader’s Murder
Cops examine details of mobile calls
Chandigarh, May 18
Unable to get any solid clue in the murder of Amarjit Singh, owner of Sham Fashion Mall, the police has started examining mobile call details of employees and the people associated with the victim.


IN GOOD COMPANY: A man and a dog take rest under a tree in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

BJP's nationwide rout replicated in city
Chandigarh, May 18
The nationwide rout of the BJP was replicated in the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency elections which saw minister of state for finance Pawan Bansal scoring a hat trick, defeating his nearest rival Satya Pal Jain by a whopping margin of 58,967 votes.

Arms Seizure
Cop forged papers to steal case property
Chandigarh, May 18
Investigations into the seizure of arms from a Chandigarh Police head constable’s official residence on April 27 have indicated that the accused had forged documents to steal the firearms and ammunition.

Complete projects soon, says Governor
Chandigarh, May 18
Punjab Governor and UT Administrator SF Rodrigues today directed the Municipal Corporation (MC) and the Engineering Department of the administration to undertake a coordinated drive for cleaning drains, choes and nullahs in the UT to check floods in view of the coming monsoon.

Malba on the road, MC snores
Chandigarh, May 18
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has become helpless again to redress the grievances of hundreds of people living in at least 10 group-housing societies located in Sector 50. The Chandigarh Administration has earmarked the open space, adjoining Sector 50 road, as “authorised malba dumping site”.

Discarded construction materialon the road in Sector 50 poses a threat to the lives of commuters. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

City on leprosy-free state list
Chandigarh, May 18
The Union Territory has got rid of the scourge of leprosy. The report compiled by the Health Ministry, Government of India, for 2008-09, ranks the city among the states and union territories, which have been successful in eliminating leprosy.


Visitors enjoy myriad shades of light at a fountain near Sector 55, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

No rain in sight yet, say weathermen
Chandigarh, May 18
Those expecting a sudden spell of rain this week may have to wait a little longer as the meteorological department has predicted no rain till this weekend.

Zirakpur residents reel under power cuts
Zirakpur, May 18
Unscheduled power cuts have made the life miserable for residents of Zirakpur and its surrounding areas. Residents of various housing colonies, apartments and villages falling under the municipal limits have been facing a severe power crisis.

Power Failure
Residents attack electricity board workers
Panchkula, May 18
Irked over erratic power supply for the last nine months in the Rathpur area of Pinjore, residents allegedly attacked employees of the electricity board who had gone there to restore the power supply yesterday.

Acute water shortage plagues Mohali
Mohali , May 18
Shortage of water plagues Mohali every summer forcing residents to face inconvenience with the authorities concerned failing to provide the basic requirement over the years.

Sufiana spirit pervades arena
Chandigarh, May 18
The duo of accomplished Sufiana singers of the region, Anup Kumar and Hemant Kumar, popularly known as Kumar Bandhus, enraptured audience with a spell of Sufiana kalaams at the Randhawa Auditorium here today. The concert aptly titled “Bandgi” organised by regional chapter of ICCR under their Horizon series in association with the State Bank of India and Punjab Arts Council was dedicated to senior citizens of the tricity, disclosed Gyan Chand, regional officer.

Kumar Bandhus perform in Chandigarh on Monday. Photo: S Chandan

NHAI notice to 242 Kalka shopkeepers
Panchkula, May 18
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) issued notice to 242 shopkeepers for alleged encroachment at Kalka here today.

Low water supply on May 21
Mohali, May 18
Water will be supplied at low pressure to most parts of the town on May 21 courtesy Kajauli waterworks will be repaired by the Punjab State Electricity Board.

Fire breaks out in Aroma Hotel
Chandigarh, May 18
A minor fire broke out at the Indian kitchen of Aroma Hotel at about 4 am here today.

SOPU activist picked up, freed
Chandigarh, May 18
Tight security and rigorous checking greeted visitors at Panjab University today.

Haryanvi saang fest begins
Chandigarh, May 18
A 10-day Haryanvi saang festival organised by the department of information and culture affairs in collaboration with the NCZCC, Allahabad, commenced at the Tagore Theatre here today.

Artistes perform during the saang festival at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan


EDUCATION

Change in exam centre puts students in a spin
Chandigarh, May 18
In yet another display of callousness, Panjab University authorities allegedly subjected at least 90 students to inconvenience by changing their examination centre at the last moment today.

BSc in Hotel Administration
New courses in PU
The course is available at University Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism Panjab University

From Schools
Class XII (ICSE) results likely tomorrow
Chandigarh, May 18
Results of classes X and XII of the ICSE and CBSE Board are expected soon. According to an official website, the results of classes XII and X examinations conducted by the Indian Certificate of Secondary Examination (ICSE) is expected on May 20.

Haryana Judiciary Services Examination
Students’ protest at PU
Chandigarh, May 18
Students who appeared in the Haryana Judiciary Services Examination- 2009 protested in front of Gandhi Bhawan, Panjab University, here today.

Students protest in front of Gandhi Bhawan at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Monday. Photo: Vinay Malik


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Unscheduled cuts make life tough
Kharar/Ropar, May 18
Since the polls are over, unscheduled power cuts have made the life miserable for residents of the area. In the garb of maintenance, repairs and technical snag, the Punjab State Electricity Board is now imposing power cuts anytime.

Paddy seed shortage worries farmers
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 18
With the onset of paddy season, farmers are now forced to buy seeds of different varieties at exorbitant prices. Shortage of seeds provided by the government has forced farmers to purchase seeds for as much as Rs 2,300 per 30 kg instead of its original price ranging between Rs 500 and Rs 900.

Hat-trick may win Preneet Cabinet berth
Patiala, May 18
While the Congress high command is unlikely to ignore Preneet Kaur as far as her induction into the Union Cabinet is concerned, for being the only MP from Punjab to have made a hat-trick by winning the Patiala parliamentary seat three times in a row, senior Congress leaders Mohinder Singh Kaypee and Santosh Chaudhary may be other choices from Punjab for being prominent “Dalit” leaders of the state.

Woman run over by train
Ambala, May 18
A woman ran over by a super fast train at the Dhulkot railway station near Ambala City today morning. The deceased was identified as Pushpa Rani (60), a resident of Hoshiarpur. According to information, the deceased had come to meet one of his relatives residing in Ambala City.

Polls over, power cuts on
Fatehgarh Sahib, May 18
The tall claims of the Punjab government for providing adequate power and water supply have fallen flat immediately after the general election.

Ban on sale of exposed eatables
Ambala, May 18
The District Administration has taken precautionary measures to keep a check on diarrhoea and other water born diseases.

ADC’s gunman accused of abusing employees
Ropar, May 18
A gunman of an ADC was today accused of abusing and slapping class IV employees of the zila parishad.

Thank You Jija Ji
Bhatti in Patiala for audition
Patiala, May 18
Jaspal Bhatti will be in Patiala on Tuesday for selecting cast for his new serial “Thank You Jija Ji”.

Spreading education through basketball
Patiala, May 18
New York-based basketball coach John David Walsh is promoting education through basketball and in the process also promoting the game at the grassroots level.

Trials for sports wing tomorrow
Patiala, May 18
Trials for Punjabi University sports wing would be conducted on May 20 at 7 am at the university's sports complex, said Dr Rajkumar Sharma, director sports.

COURTS

HC summons CHB secy over quota flat
Chandigarh, May 18
The Chandigarh Housing Board secretary is in the dock in a case involving a discretionary quota flat. It was originally allocated to Sector 27 resident Vipin Pubby, but transferred in the name of Dogra couple.

Consumer panel dismisses forum’s orders
Chandigarh, May 18
Specifying that the consumer forums are not experts in medical science and must not substantiate their own views over that of specialists, the Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has dismissed the orders of the consumer forum and didn’t give any claim to Ramphal, a resident of Rewari.

Sodomy: Man gets 3-yr jail
Panchkula, May 18
A local court has sentenced a resident of Azad Colony to three-year imprisonment for committing an unnatural act with a child here today.

CRIME

Two booked for assault
Chandigarh, May 18
Chhottu and Raman, both residents of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, were booked today for allegedly beating and threatening Jhony and Jolly, residents of the same colony.

Woman consumes poison, dies
Panchkula, May 18
A 36-year-old woman died after she consumed some poisonous substance here today. The deceased has been identified as Sunita, a resident of Sector 15.

Man hangs himself to death
Chandigarh, May 18
A 40-year-old married man was found hanging with a rope in his jhuggi at Indira Colony, Mani Majra, here today.

SPORTS

Sports calendar released
Chandigarh, May 18
The UT education department today released its sports calendar for the session 2009-10. According to KS Bharti, assistant-director of sports education department, the games will commence from August. July 2009- Pre Subroto Football Tournament for sub-junior boys’ under-11, 14 year and Pre Nehru Hockey for junior boys’ u-15, 17 year from July 2 to 27 and July 23 to 25, respectively. Last date of entry is July 15. Due to the golden jubilee, Subroto Cup Football Tournament is planned to be conducted from September 27 to October 31.

Golf camp for kids from May 26
Chandigarh, May 18
The Chandigarh Golf Club is opening its greens to non-members, taking the game to youngsters to tap talent. While a two-month Indo-Canadian golf camp is already on, the club has announced to start another 10-day coaching camp from May 26 to June 5 under EGTF-certified coach Ajay Gujral.

Cricket trials today
Panchkula, May 18
The Panchkula District Cricket Association affiliated to the Haryana Cricket Association is conducting trials to select Panchkula district under-16 cricket team for the forthcoming Haryana State Championship, which will be organised by the Haryana Cricket Association.

Ravneet upsets eighth seed Rajesh
Chandigarh, May 18
Ravneet Bhatwa defeated eighth seed Rajesh Jain by 2-0 in the second round match of VIII the Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship held in Chandigarh Club here today.

Tennis
Chandigarh, May 18
Total Tennis Academy is organising Mount Carmel Total Tennis Championship at Mount Carmel School, Sector 47 B, from tomorrow.


 



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