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Rao to be repatriated on July 29
Chandigarh, July 20
The stage is set for the repatriation of UT Deputy Commissioner RK Rao to his parent state of Haryana on July 29, with the ministry of home affairs (MHA) reiterating that there was no scope even for a short-term extension.

Traffic Violations - II
Women misusing helmet law
Chandigarh, July 20
The fairer sex is rubbing shoulders with male counterparts even in the arena of traffic rule violations. If official records and claims of the police are anything to go by, city women don’t much care for traffic norms and enjoy the exemption from wearing helmets.

Manoj Gupta and Anuradha

Helmet-less schoolgirls try to overtake a vehicle from the wrong side; and (R) a girl takes a wrong turn, endangering her safety, in Chandigarh on Monday.

Shortcut to death: Helmet-less schoolgirls try to overtake a vehicle from the wrong side; and (R) a girl takes a wrong turn, endangering her safety, in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Nari Niketan Case
SC issues notice to Admn
Chandigarh, July 20
The Supreme Court today issued a notice to the Chandigarh administration while taking up a special leave petition (SLP) filed against the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s July 17 order directing the medical termination of pregnancy of a mentally challenged Nari Niketan rape victim.





EARLIER STORIES

Kaavadiyas pass through the city while ferrying water from Ganga back to their native places on Monday.
Kaavadiyas pass through the city while ferrying water from Ganga back to their native places on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Dentist gets life term for killing husband
Chandigarh, July 20
The sensational murder case of a doctor killing her husband at Hotel Mountview in 2003, came to an end with a local court sentencing the woman to life imprisonment today.

Ludhiana doc robbed of
Rs 33 lakh

Panchkula, July 20
The shooting incident in Morni has turned out to be a robbery as Dr Sumit Sofat, the complainant, told the police that the assailants had taken away Rs 33 lakh lying in his SUV after the driver was shot.

Heartburn as Infantry, Artillery eat into AVSC pie
Chandigarh, July 20
The recommendations for implementation of the second phase of the AV Singh Committee (AVSC) on officer cadre restructuring has been modified by Army Headquarters, with the Infantry and Artillery grabbing more vacancies at the cost of other arms and services. This has reportedly resulted in heartburn among senior Army officers as it cuts down on promotional avenues.

Only 30 penalised under Excise Act in 10 years!
Section 29 of the Punjab Excise Act (PEA), 1914, prohibits the sale of liquor to persons under the age of 25 years
Chandigarh, July 20
Some rules are made only to be forgotten.
The Excise and Taxation Departments of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh have in the past decade penalised less than 30 persons under Section 29 of the Excise Act.



COMMUNITY

Delay in transfer of flats to GPA holders
Home Secy constitutes grievance cell
Chandigarh, July 20
The Chandigarh administration has clipped the wings of erring managements of cooperative group housing societies dilly-dallying on the transfer of flats to general power of attorney (GPA) holders.

Admn to go tough on begging
HS for immediate crackdown
Chandigarh, July 20
The UT administration is getting serious to check the begging menace. A meeting was convened by Home Secretary-cum-Secretary Social Welfare to evolve a mechanism to check the menace in the city.

Rain bares chinks in drainage system
Chandigarh, July 20
While showers lashing the city this morning brought the much-needed relief to residents from sweltering heat, it added to the woes of commuters and those residing in low-lying areas. Just 4 mm rainfall today exposed the sorry state of drainage system in the city and rubbished the claims of the municipal corporation that it is fully prepared to deal with the onslaught of monsoon.


Residents of a colony in southern sector wade through an inundated street after rain on Monday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu 
Residents of a colony in southern sector wade through an inundated street after rain on Monday.

Byelection to MC Ward
Cong, SAD-BJP announce candidates
Chandigarh, July 20
Battle lines have been drawn for by-election to ward No. 10 of the municipal corporation, scheduled for August 8, with the Congress and SAD-BJP alliance announcing their candidates.

Modern Terminal Market Project
Rodrigues to write again to Centre
Chandigarh, July 20
Concerned at the delay in the implementation of the Modern Terminal Market Project, UT Administrator SF Rodrigues is writing another letter to the union agriculture minister.

Disappearance of cash, ornaments
Police seals PNB locker
Chandigarh, July 20
Amidst high drama, the police today sealed a locker in Punjab National Bank, Sector 22, from where cash and ornaments had allegedly gone missing last month. Harminder Singh, owner of the locker, who had alleged that his cash and ornaments had gone missing from the locker, blamed the bank authorities of manipulating facts to save their face.
Vaneeta and Harminder talk to mediapersons outside Punjab National Bank, Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Monday.
Vaneeta and Harminder talk to mediapersons outside Punjab National Bank, Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Monday. A Tribune photograph

PU doesn’t care two hoots about RTI
Chandigarh, July 20
Right To Information (RTI) Act holds no importance to Panjab University, as it didn’t bother to reply to the applications even after over two months.

Models during the ‘designer medley 2009’ of International Institute of Fashion in Panchkula on Monday.
Models during the ‘designer medley 2009’ of International Institute of Fashion in Panchkula on Monday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Review meeting on RTI implementation
Chandigarh, July 20
To keep the government working transparent and accountable to public, Home Secretary Ram Niwas today convened a review meeting regarding the implementation of the RTI Act in all departments, boards, corporations and institutions of the UT administration.

Consumer Courts
ICICI Bank, financial firm penalised Rs 2 lakh
Chandigarh, July 20
The Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed ICICI Bank, Sector 9, to overhaul the account of a complainant by treating the loan amount as Rs 4,50,000 paid to him on different dates.

Rs 10,000 fine slapped on Reliance Infocomm
Chandigarh, July 20
The Consumer Disputes and Redressal Forum has directed Reliance Infocomm Services, Sector 9, to pay Rs 10,000 in compensation and also refund a sum of Rs 4,320 for deficiency in service.

Tabla maestro Anuradha mesmerises audience
Chandigarh, July 20
The first internationally acclaimed female professional tabla player by Limca Book of Records, Anuradha Pal mesmerised the audience with her solo tabla recital in a special concert organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra at Randhawa auditorium here today. Rhythm in music is perfect cadence and paramount to create a cohesive melody was proved in her dazzling performance marked with profound creativity, tremendous clarity and a fine tonal quality, along with exciting rhythmic improvisations, with spontaneity.

No relief in sight for residents
Rainwater entering houses for decade
Mohali, July 20
Residents of seven marla houses in Phase IIIB2 have complained that rainwater has been entering their houses for the past about 10 years but the authorities concerned have failed to mitigate their problem.

Abandoned baby girl gets new lease of life
Patiala, July 20
Six-month-old Gudia is a darling of doctors, paramedics and the staff at the Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, near here. Gudia was found abandoned in the bushes at the Pingla Ashram on the Sanaur road in January.

                                                                               
Gudia
Gudia

Judicial Complex
Land allotment rate up by 20 pc
Mohali, July 20
Even as the case for allotment of land for the district administrative-cum-judicial complex here is moving at a snail’s pace, GMADA has increased the allotment price for the 14 acres earmarked for the purpose in Sector 76 here. Against the earlier allotment rate of Rs 7,500 per sq yard, the new rate comes to around Rs 9,200 per sq yard, a hike of 20 per cent.

Civic Amenities-I
80 pc Panchkula streetlights defunct
Authorities undecided on planning
Panchkula, July 20
Despite the tall claims of authorities concerned for years to illuminate the roads as well as streets of the town, the wait for the residents seems to be unending. While more than 80 per cent of the 15,000 light points in the town were lying defunct, the Municipal Council, as well as HUDA, could not decide on the planning leading to the inconvenience of the residents.


Poles with damaged tubelights on the road seperating sectors with Phase II, Industrial Area, in Panchkula. Tribune photo: S Chandan
Poles with damaged tubelights on the road seperating sectors with Phase II, Industrial Area, in Panchkula.

MC for abolishing house tax
Panchkula, July 20
The Municipal Council is to send a proposal to abolish the house tax in the town to the state government. A resolution in this regard was passed by the House in its meeting held here today.

Raid on 4 dairies to check adulteration
Panchkula, July 20
Stepping up its activities to keep adulteration under check, the district health authorities had lifted samples of eatables from various dairies here recently.

Four cars were involved in a pileup on the road separating Sectors 37 and 38 in Chandigarh on Monday.
Four cars were involved in a pileup on the road separating Sectors 37 and 38 in Chandigarh on Monday. No one was injured in the accident. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Banur Byelection
Dhindsa, Tandon campaign for Bunny
Zirakpur, July 20
The election campaign in Banur Assembly has picked up momentum as the senior political leaders have been holding meetings and door-to-door campaigns for their candidates.

Man held with prohibited meat
Chandigarh, July 20
The police has arrested a 50-year-old resident of Indira Colony and recovered 7 kg of prohibited meat from his possession. The police said they had got a tip-off that a man was carrying the prohibited meat. The police led a naka at Mauli Jagraon and arrested Ali Hasan, while he was carrying 7-kg prohibited meat in his Activa Honda.

Gardener killed
Chandigarh, July 20
A 55-year-old gardener was killed after an unidentified vehicle hit the bike he was riding near IT park chowk here this morning.

How-to site makes waves on the Net
Another social networking site (SNS). Yes, it is Howcast.com, which is fast becoming a sensation among the netizens for being the best source for fun, free and useful how-to videos and guides.

CityScope Letters-II
Committee to reallocate powers needed
This refers to the City Scope “Divided they’ll ensure the fall” (July 13) by Raveen Thukral, the city being a unique experiment in modern town planning and architecture requires specialised administration.


EDUCATION

Denial of admission under freedom fighter quota
PU double standard to fore
Chandigarh, July 20
Verifying the claims of the student, whose admission under freedom fighter quota was deferred to check the validity of his certificate issued by the Punjab government, Panjab University authorities have confirmed making an admission on the basis of a similar certificate in 2007.

Aptitute test till Aug 15
Chandigarh, July 20
The centre for adult, continuing education and extension, Panjab University, is holding an aptitude and interest test for students till August 15.

Induction programme ends at UBS
Chandigarh, July 20
University Business School yesterday completed its two-day induction programme for MBA 2009-2011.



 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Erratic Power Supply
Villagers assault PSEB staff, vandalise grid
Bhari (Fatehgarh Sahib), July 20
Irate over the erratic power supply, residents of this village went on a rampage and vandalised the 66 KVA power grid catering to 56 villages of Khanna, Ludhiana and Fatehgarh Sahib districts.

HC to set up mediation centres
Patiala, July 20
In its effort to clear the backlog of pending cases, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has opened 17 centres across Punjab where advocates would be trained to act as qualified mediators.

Health centre equipped with surgery package scheme
Kalka, July 20
IPHS Community Health Centre (CHC), Kalka, has become the first CHC in Haryana, which has been facilitated with surgery package scheme of health department, Haryana.

Installation ceremony at Press Club
Ropar, July 20
The installation ceremony of the office-bearers of Ropar Press Club for 2009-11 was held.

4 quintal fish found dead in Sirsa river
Ropar, July 20
In less than 18 days time span, around four quintals of fish were found dead at the Sirsa-Sutlej rivers confluence near Avankot village here.

Robbery
Accused held with Rs 2.50 lakh
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 20
The police has solved the case, wherein Rs 10 lakh were looted from two traders of Mandi Gobindgarh. The police has arrested Baljit Singh, alias Rocky, of Dadheri village near Fatehgarh Sahib.

Flesh trade racket busted
Patiala, July 20
The police yesterday has busted a flesh trade racket being run in Vikas Colony located in the heart of the city.

1 held for demanding dowry
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 20
The police has arrested one person for demanding dowry. The accused has been identified as Jagtar Singh, a resident of Chanarthal Kalan village.

Priya beats Akanksha 2-1
Patiala, July 20
Patiala District Table Tennis Ranking Tournament, which was going on at Raja Bhalendra Singh Sports Complex, Punjabi University, under the aegis of Patiala District Table Tennis Association from July 18 to 19, has concluded here today.


Winners of Patiala District Table Tennis Ranking Tournament pose with trophy in Punjabi University, Patiala. A Tribune photograph
Winners of Patiala District Table Tennis Ranking Tournament pose with trophy in Punjabi University, Patiala.




COURTS

Graft
Food inspector denied pre-arrest bail
Chandigarh, July 20
The CBI special court today dismissed the anticipatory bail application of a food inspector of UT health department whose name had figured in a corruption case recently.



SPORTS

Carrom Tourney
St Stephen’s Tuba on a winning spree
Chandigarh, July 20
North Zone Champion Tuba of St Stephen's School, Sector 45, completed hat-trick by winning the women’s, girls' junior and sub-junior title of 12th edition of the St Stephen's Carrom Ranking Tournament on the school premises here today.

A carrom match in progress during the St Stephen's Carrom Ranking Tournament in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S. Chandan
 A carrom match in progress during the St Stephen's Carrom Ranking Tournament in Chandigarh.

Kho-Kho Tourney
GGS college claim top honours
Chandigarh, July 20
GGS College for Women, Sector 26, and the Chandigarh Kho-Kho Welfare Club claimed the top honours in women and men section, respectively, during the 38th Senior State Kho-Kho Championship held at St Soldier’s International School, Sector 28.

Ranji Trophy
Bhupinder Singh Senior is Punjab coach
Chandigarh, July 20
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) appointed former Indian team player Bhupinder Singh Senior as coach for the Punjab Ranji Trophy team for season 2009-2010.

 



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