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School bus strike called off
Speed governors to be installed by Sept 30; Panel on permit fee soon
Chandigarh, July 13
After holding the city to ransom for three days, the Chandigarh School Bus Operators Association today called off the strike, following certain assurances from the administration.
Students of government schools in a CTU bus on Monday.
Students of government schools in a CTU bus on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Panchkula Violations-II
Encroachments a nuisance for neighbours
Panchkula, July 13
Though the local administration has “proved a good host” by turning a blind eye to the encroachments by security personnel of VVIPs or VIPs, the privileged class, however, does not bother about the problems of their neighbours as well as rules and regulations of the state.
A part of HUDA land encroached upon in Sector 12 by the security personnel deputed for a former Punjab Governor.
A part of HUDA land encroached upon in Sector 12 by the security personnel deputed for a former Punjab Governor.



EARLIER STORIES

Girls keep date with rain in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday.
Girls keep date with rain in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Bains extension stirs up hornet’s nest
Punjab may seek repatriation of Health Services director
Chandigarh, July 13
The recent move of the Chandigarh Administration to grant one-year extension to the Director, Health Services, Dr MS Bains, is set to spark off a fresh controversy as the Punjab government is likely to oppose the move and may even seek the repatriation of the doctor.

PU lacks approved criteria for appointment to top posts
Chandigarh, July 13
In what may come across as a surprise to many, Panjab University has no approved criteria, norms or procedure for the appointment to posts like the DUI, DSW, DFS, DAR, Dean (Research) and Director Hospitality and Program Coordinator NSS.

Cong councillor quits probe panel
Chandigarh, July 13
Congress councillor Chander Mukhi Sharma, who was one of the members of the probe committee, constituted by the administration to look into the functioning of the corporation, has finally resigned on the direction of the party.

Brigadier faces COI over ‘misbehaviour’
Chandigarh, July 13
A brigadier who has been approved for promotion to the rank of major general is in the dock after the wife of a recently married junior officer alleged that he misbehaved with her at a public function, it is learnt.

Paddy MSP likely to be fixed at Rs 950
Chandiagrh, July 13
The minimum support price (MSP) of paddy for the upcoming kharif marketing season (KMS) is likely to be fixed at Rs 950 per quintal, as recommended by the Commission on Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP).

Are northern states ignoring Punjabi?
Chandigarh, July 13
Acts alone do not help in the promotion or prevention of a language from going into the oblivion. Punjabi is a glaring example of official apathy and neglect.



COMMUNITY

Councillors train guns on Pallav
Chandigarh, July 13
With Chander Mukhi stepping down as a member of the controversial committee of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, the Congress councillors have now trained their guns on the chairman of the committee Pallav Mukherjee, raising questions on his performance as member of various committees of the house.

Chief Engineer’s post mired in controversy
Chandigarh, July 13
The post of the UT Chief Engineer (CE) has generated a controversy again, with UT Adviser Pradip Mehra reportedly raising serious objections to the recommendation of the name of the officiating CE Surinder Pal as the regular CE.

PSEB raids offenders
184 persons in Mohali found indulging in power theft
Mohali, July 13
Power thieves beware. The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is cracking down on offenders and imposing heavy fines.

Charges for park upkeep to go up
Mohali, July 13
To encourage participation by resident welfare associations in maintenance of parks, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is contemplating to increase the monthly maintenance charges from Rs 1 per sq metre to Rs 1.50 per sq metre.

DAVC student dies in accident
Chandigarh, July 13
A 20-year-old BA-I student of DAV College, Sector 10, died after an unidentified vehicle hit his motorcycle here this morning at the Sector 17-18 light point near Press office. He received severe injuries on his head and was taken to the PGI where he was declared brought dead.

Four persons trapped in lift
Chandigarh, July 13
Four persons trapped in a lift at the LIC’s Jeevan Prakash building in Sector 17 and were rescued after one-and-a-half hour here this morning.

Couple lay dead for around 2 hrs in car
Chandigarh, July 13
The postmortem reports of Gaurav Rana and Rajni, who were found dead in a car in Sector 19 on Friday, indicated that the death had not occurred more than a couple of hours before the bodies were recovered.

Junk food is back in city schools
Chandigarh, July 13
The startling consumption of junk food by students, available in the school canteen, in full glare of UT education department at GMSSS, Sector 10, the venue of the centralised counselling for Class XI admissions, has raised serious concerns about eating habits of schoolgoing children.
Students beat the heat with cold drinks in GMSSS, Sector 10, in Chandigarh, and (right) A boy having a burger at GMSSS, Sector 10, in Chandigarh.
Students beat the heat with cold drinks in GMSSS, Sector 10, in Chandigarh, and (right) A boy having a burger at GMSSS, Sector 10, in Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Vinay Malik

Living life king size
Students prefer furnished flats to PG accommodation
Chandigarh, July 13
Recession seems to be an alienated concept for a large number of students in the city who choose lavishly furnished flats as inseparable part of their college life over the regular PG accommodations or hostels.

Seminar on situation in Pak
Chandigarh, July 13
A two-day seminar on “The Emerging Situation in North-West Pakistan and Implications for Regional Security”, was conducted by the Army in Kasauli.

Artistes pay tributes to thespian Tera Singh Chann
Chandigarh, July 13
“Maut uski hai karre jiska zamana afsos, yoon toh duniyan mein sabhi aate hain marne ke liye.” The Urdu couplet by Mehmood Rampuri veritably reflects the admiration showered on late freedom fighter, thespian Tera Singh Chann, founder president of Indian People Theatre Association (IPTA) movement. Born on January 6, 1921, at Bilawal (Pakistan), he secured Masters degree in Punjabi literature and became a CPI activist.                                         Tera Singh Chann Tera Singh Chann


A musical bonanza for audience
Panchkula, July 13
The luxury of sur, lya, tal and magic of melody marked the 12th edition of the much-awaited annual musical live concert titled Sur Sangam-2009 held at Inderdhanush auditorium here today. What makes the musical soiree is the fact that melodic bonanza is presented mainly by artists from medical fraternity under the direction of well-known vocalist Dr Pardeep Bhardwaj. As many as 20 accomplished singers, including Dr Pardeep Bhardwaj, Dr Suman, Dr Neelam, Dr Anurag Sharma, Dr Neelam Shourie, principal Sunita Nain, Er Huma Khan, beside those selected after a talent hunt and series of auditions, presented over 36 lilting songs before a packed auditorium.

A singer performs at Sur Sangam in Panchkula on Monday. A Tribune photograph
A singer performs  at Sur Sangam in Panchkula on Monday.

Business contest organisers receive five plans
Chandigarh, July 13
EnterPrize, a business plan competition (BPC), being organised by the department of Information Technology, Chandigarh Administration, in association with The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) will prove to be an investment catalyst and create tremendous interest of investors in the UT, Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar said at a press conference here.

24-year-old commits suicide
Zirakpur, July 13 A 24-year-old man died after consuming some intoxicant substance at Hotel Kingston, Zirakpur late night on Sunday. The deceased identified as Dilip Kumar Sagar, employee at MES, Panchkula was married and originally belonged to Sangrur district.

Melodic spell by young virtuosos
Chandigarh, July 13
Pracheen Kala Kendra with a view to promote local talent featured young sitarist Partha Sen and vocalist Navtej Singh in the Baithak programme at the Kendra here on Saturday.

Man beaten to death
Chandigarh, July 13
Chotte Lal, a resident of Colony number 5, was allegedly killed by three persons here outside his residence late last night. He was hit by a rod and was taken to the PGI where he died during treatment.

Three-day dental health mela
Panchkula, July 13
The health department of Panchkula is holding a three-day dental health mela at the General Hospital at Sector 6 here, beginning today.

Web Pries Lid of Censorship
The Internet has “certainly broken 30 years of state control over what is seen and is unseen, what is visible versus invisible,” says Navtej Dhillon, an analyst with the Brookings Institution.


EDUCATION

Class XI Admissions
Counselling for compartment candidates today
Chandigarh, July 13
In the ongoing counselling for the centralised admission to Class XI at GMSSS-10, nearly 160 candidates took admission today.

Private school principals meet to adopt govt schools
Chandigarh, July 13
Principals and representatives of about nine private schools were present at a meeting regarding the “Synergy award” of the education department at Hotel Beacons, Sector 42.

Govt Teachers’ Union seeks review of report
Chandigarh, July 13
During a meeting of the state executive committee of the Government Teachers’ Union, Chandigarh, the fifth pay scale recommended by the Punjab government and endorsed by the Chandigarh administration in case of the teachers working in the UT government schools was discussed.

MSc Zoology interview on July 17
Chandigarh, July 13
The interview for the admission to MSc (Honours School) 1st Year in Zoology for the candidates who have qualified the OCET-2009 in Zoology will be held at the department on July 17 at 11 am. — TNS



 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Teacher consumes poison, dies
Patiala Mayor’s PA booked
Patiala, July 13
Prabhjot Singh Joti, personal assistant to Patiala Mayor Ajit Pal, virtually landed in trouble as 28-year-old former teacher Rajinder Kaur allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison here on Sunday evening, alleging that she was forced to take the extreme step as their tenant Joti and his father Amarjit Singh Anand were not
The parents of Rajinder Kaur narrating their tale of woes. (Right) Prabhjot Singh Joti A Tribune photograph
vacating her father Bhupinder Singh’s shop in the Hira Bagh locality.

Woman jumps into river with kids
Ropar, July 13
A woman jumped into the Sirhind canal this morning with her two children. While the woman and younger child were pulled out safely, the elder child’s body could not be found till filing of this report.

Banur Bypoll
It’s Centre versus state
Bunny gets SAD ticket
Banur, July 13
It is state government versus the Centre government in the Banur byelection, which are going to be held on August 3.
The two main contenders of the party from the Congress and the SAD, along with their party workers, are going extra miles these days to make the people aware of their respective “governments”.
Jasjit Singh Bunny takes blessing of his mother at his home in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Jasjit Singh Bunny takes blessing of his mother at his home in Chandigarh on Monday.

Poll Code Violation
DC seeks civic body’s records
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 13
Deputy Commissioner of Fatehgarh Sahib seeks record from the Bassi Pathana municipal council after the allegations of the violation of election code of conduct.

Residents getting contaminated water
Kalka, July 13
Resentment prevails among residents of Ward No 14 and 15 of Kurari mohalla, here, towards the local administration, especially towards the local department of public health, as they are being supplied with contaminated water since last more than 15 days.

Cholera: Three patients test positive
Dera Bassi, July 13
The district health authorities today confirmed that the report of three stool samples out of five was found positive, while the report of water samples is likely to come tomorrow. Dera Bassi senior medical officer Dr Ram Kumar said the patients were suffering from Cholera.

BJP leaders join Congress
Ambala, July 13
Two senior leaders of the Ambala City BJP unit joined the Congress at the residence of local MLA Venod Sharma here today.

Civic body employees take out protest march
Ambala, July 13
The employees of municipal council, Ambala city, took out a protest march to press upon their demands. The clerical staff and the sanitation employees also participated in the procession.

8 selected in placement drive
Ropar, July 13
A three-day joint campus placement drive was held at IET Bhaddal from July 10 to July 12 in which Synergy Relationship Management Services Pvt Ltd selected eight students.

1 booked for raping minor
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 13
The Fatehgarh Sahib police today booked one person for raping a minor of Chano village under the Mulepur police station area.

Black Elephants Rule
Patiala, July 13
Giving a spectacular performance, the Black Elephant Cricket Club, Patiala, drubbed LNIPE, Gwalior, lads by a huge margin of 87 runs in the final match of the Plantsman’s Cricket Trophy (under-17) at the Military Ground, Patiala, here today.
In the three-match series, Black Elephants defeated LNIPE, Gwalior, by 2-1.




Black Elephant Cricket Club lads pose with the trophy after winning the Plantsman’s Cricket Trophy in Patiala on Monday. A Tribune photograph
Black Elephant Cricket Club lads pose with the trophy after winning the Plantsman’s Cricket Trophy in Patiala on Monday.

2 nabbed with 17 bottles of liquor
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 13
Two people were held with 17 bottles of country-made liquor here today. SSP Dr Kaustubh Sharma said during patrolling in Brahman Majra village, the police stopped two suspicious-looking people.



COURTS

Nari Niketan Case
Lawyer opposes termination of victim’s pregnancy
Chandigarh, July 13
The Nari Niketan “rape in protected environs case” today saw senior advocate-cum-amicus curiae RS Cheema strongly oppose the UT administration’s plea for terminating the victim’s pregnancy by saying there was no risk to victim or her issue’s life.



CRIME


JE, UT staffer held taking bribe
Chandigarh, July 13
Sleuths of the CBI today caught red-handed two UT employees, including a junior engineer, accepting bribe in two separate incidents.
According to the CBI, a complaint was received at the anti-corruption branch, alleging that Rajesh Chadha, junior engineer (Civil), maintenance booth 2165 in Sector 27, was seeking Rs 70,000 from a private contractor.



Rajesh Chadha, junior engineer (civil), maintenance, after being nabbed by the CBI in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu
Rajesh Chadha, junior engineer (civil), maintenance, after being nabbed by the CBI in Chandigarh on Monday.

Man nabbed for daughter’s rape
Mohali, July 13
Traumatised by the repeated physical abuse by her father, a 12-and-a-half year-old girl from Nayagoan today got him arrested after lodging a complaint with the Nayagoan police station.



SPORTS


Karandeep stuns Abhijeet
Chandigarh, July 13
Wild card entrant Karandeep caused a mild upset by upsetting sixth seeded Abhijeet Singh in an all-Chandigarh under-12 boys’ singles first-round match by 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament being conducted by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at Sector 10 and CLTA Complex and the Lake Club courts here today.



Rishab prepares to return a shot during the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph
 Rishab prepares to return a shot during the AITA Talent Series Tennis Tournament in Chandigarh on Monday.

Swimming meet from today
Chandigarh, July 13
As many as 120 entries have been received for the Administrator’s Cup for Swimming Tournament at the sub-junior, junior and senior level for both boys and girls being conducted by the Chandigarh sports department at the Swimming Pool (Yoga) in Sector 23 here from tomorrow.

Corporate Sports Meet
Kanav wins TT trophy
Chandigarh, July 13
A corporate sports meet was organised by CII at its Chandigarh Headquarters here today.

 



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