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Dons trash PTU policy; want academic audit 
Kharar, July 25
Dons today trashed Punjab Technical University’s (PTU) policy of giving independent charge to private engineering colleges and not governing them. They have now called for an overhaul of the education system and sought academic audit and quality control to make the examination system of the university transparent, he said. 

Morni Robbery
Cops don’t buy Sofat’s claims

Panchkula, July 25
The needle of suspicion in the Morni robbery and shooting case has turned towards the complainant, Dr Sumit Sofat. Police sources said circumstantial evidence did not corroborate his statement.




EARLIER STORIES

Youth takes on the khap might
Chandigarh, July 25
With the dissemination of education and increasing opportunities of interaction among youngsters, a healthy concept of inter-caste marriages has evolved, but some sections of society, in the name of traditions and culture, find it hard to adjust to this phenomenon.

Degree fake
Kharar, July 25
Lucknow University has declared the PhD certificate of Col Amar Jit Singh (retd), former principal of Sachdeva Engineering College for Girls, as fake. The Tribune had sent his degree to the university. “We have scrutinised the certificate and it is fake. The signatures of the VC, AS Brar, are also fake,” Prof Surendra Kumar Dwivedi, director of the Institute of Publication and Public Relation of the university, said.

Corporal Punishment
Tardy probe: Admn under pressure?

Chandigarh, July 25
The city administration has seemed to come under pressure from vested interests to go slow on the enquiry in the corporal punishment case against a teacher of St John’s High School, Sector 26.



COMMUNITY

Owner of the Orbit arguing with a team of fire officials at Sector 34 in Chandigarh Lack of fire-fighting equipment
Fire dept seals hotel 

Chandigarh, July 25
The city’s fire and emergency department today sealed two multi-storied buildings in Sector 34 for ignoring its directions regarding fulfilling the fire safety norms.




Owner of the Orbit arguing with a team of fire officials at Sector 34 in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan 

Ajay Goyal launches Lokmantra
Chandigarh, July 25
“Chandigarh, the 20th century city can bring about a change in the political as well as the social set up”, opined Ajay Goyal, who fought the last Lok Sabha elections as an Independent candidate from here.

Talwars admit to tax evasion?
Chandigarh, July 25
Tax evasion to the tune of Rs 16 crore has, reportedly, been admitted by the proprietors of Sector 22-based Talwar Jewellers here today. Income tax officials had conducted raids yesterday on at least 12 commercial premises, including houses of the Talwars and their relatives at several places. 

Civic Amenities - V 
This rot won’t go away

Mohali, July 25
An uncovered drain; and (right) a heap of garbage lies on the road separating Phases II and IV in Mohali. The state of sanitation in Mohali is unsatisfactory with the Municipal Council failing to ensure the daily cleaning of localities.
An uncovered drain; and (right) a heap of garbage lies on the road separating Phases II and IV in Mohali. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

Policemen record false statement
Mohali, July 25
Role of certain Mohali police officials has come under the scanner for recording false statement to facilitate issuing of a passport by the Regional Passport Office, Chandigarh. On the basis of false verification, a married woman, Jasmine Sandhu, was able to get two passports — one issued by the Regional Passport Office, Gaziabad, and the second from the Regional Passport Office, Chandigarh.

No breakthrough in missing realtor’s case
Panchkula, July 25
More than one and half months after Deepak Rai Saggar, a local property dealer, was kidnapped, the family of the victim has said to have received two letters regarding the whereabouts of the realtor.

Dhillon’s sisters, too, join in
Mohali, July 25
The Congress candidate from Banur, Deepinder Singh Dhillon, completed first phase of campaigning today at Haripur Hinduan, Jolly, Batouli, Juharpur, Nagla, Sanouli, Singhpura, Bhoota, Satabgarh, Dialpura, Jhuggian and Nabha villages.

Trinamool Cong leader attacked
Chandigarh, July 25
Shambu Banerjee, a Trinamool Congress leader, in a complaint lodged with the police alleged that a few unidentified persons attacked him with sticks and swords near the Mauli Jagraon police post.

Now, book railway tickets at post office 
Mohali, July 25
Mohali residents can now book railway tickets at the Phase I post office as the facility of reservation of tickets through passenger reservation system was launched here today.

Property agents meet DC
Mohali, July 25
A delegation of Mohali Property Consultants Association today met (Regd) the Deputy Commissioner, Prabhjot Singh Mand, to demand registration of the Conveyance Deed at the allotment price to the re-allottees on the pattern of original allottees.

EDUCATION

Placement drive at engg institute
Dera Bassi, July 25
Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology organised a joint placement drive on the campus of the engineering college here yesterday.

From Schools
DPI told to make newspaper reading mandatory

Chandigarh, July 25
Students take a pledge during a drug awareness programme held at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 25, in Chandigarh As a part of the ongoing campaign of administering Anti- Drug Pledge in all Government Model and Non-Model Schools of Chandigarh, UT Home-cum-Education Secretary Ram Niwas today administered the pledge at Government High School, Sector 24, and Government Girls High School, Sector 25.

Students take a pledge during a drug awareness programme held at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 25, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Booklet on environment released
Chandigarh, July 25
The Sohanjana Eco Club of he GMSSS, Sector 46, celebrated the tree plantation day on the school premises here today.

Vanmahotsav celebrated
Chandigarh, July 25
Plantation of saplings, along with an entertainment programme on various environmental issues, marked the Van Mahotsav celebrations in Sacred Heart Convent School, Sector 26, here today. The chief guest Dr Kakoli Biswas, head of the bio-technology department at DAV College, talked about the importance of conserving the environment and planting trees.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Physiotherapy awareness camp 
Patiala, July 25
A physiotherapy awareness camp was held at NTC 1 Senior Secondary School, Rajpura, which was organised by Gian Sagar College of Physiotherapy in association with Bhai Ghanaiya Ji Sewa Society, Rajpura. Dr Amandeep Singh, lecturer, and Dr Bhanu Thapar from Gian Sagar College of Physiotherapy, emphasised the role of physiotherapy in prevention and management of various life-style related disorders.

Theatre artistes visit charitable institutes
Patiala, July 25
Artistes of the National theatre Arts Society (NTAS), Patiala, yesterday visited charitable institutions, including, Padam Shri Dr Khushdeva Singh Leprosy Patients Colony, Yadwindra Puran Bal Niketan, Lahori Gate, Society for welfare of the handicapped deaf and dumb school and All-India Pingalwara Ashram for cultural interaction seeking blessings to purify themselves of the after effects of the century’s longest solar eclipse.

Woman alleges cop of ‘using’ her
Patiala, July 25
In yet another incident involving cops, Gurpreet Kaur of Patiala city today blamed a commando of the Punjab Police, Ashwini Kumar, of alleged fraud and physically ‘using’ her on the pretext to marry her. Ashwini Kumar, however, is already married.

1500 attend tae kwon do camp
Patiala, July 25
Tae kwon do coach Satwinder Singh, president of the Sports and Youth Welfare Club, Patiala, organised a free self-defense tae kwon do coaching camp at Narain School, Sanaour, under the aegis of State Bank of Patiala.

Panchayat puts off minor girl’s marriage
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 25
The panchayat members of Badali Ala Singh village today postponed the marriage of a minor girl.

‘Power thefts main threat to board’
Ropar, July 25
Rampant power theft in state is the biggest threat to finances of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB).

Farmers must disclose load before July 31
Ropar, July 25
Farmers should disclose the power load at their fields under the voluntary disclosure scheme (VDS) before July 31 and get the load limit increased.

Gurukul lads,DAV eves win
Dera Bassi, July 25
Gurukul School, Sector 26, Panchkula, and CL DAV Public School, Dera Bassi, emerged winners in the boys and girls under-14 sections, respectively, in the Mohali District Shooting Ball Tournament organised by VR Mohan DAV at the sports complex here today.

Burglary in three temples at Ambala
Ambala, July 25
Thieves stroke at three temples of Ambala last late night and took away cash from the cash boxes kept inside the temples.

COURTS

Fresh summons on Badal’s wife, daughter-in-law 
Chandigarh, July 25
A local court today served fresh summons on Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s wife, Surinder Kaur, and his daughter-in-law, Harsimrat Kaur, Kirpal Singh Badungar, former OSD to the Chief Minister and five others as the prosecution witness in a recovery suit against the Chief Minister and his son Sukhbir Singh.

CRIME

88-yr-old widow duped of over Rs 1 lakh
Mohali, July 25
An 88-year-old widow was taken for a ride when her neighbour withdrew Rs 1,83,000 from her account on the pretext of withdrawing money for her. In a complaint to the banking ombudsman, the victim, Amar Kaur, alleged that the suspect, Manmeet alias Varun, after getting her signatures on a false pretext, withdrew the money after closing her fixed deposit in State Bank of Patiala, Phase VII branch here.

Man booked for cheating
Chandigarh, July 25
Ravi Mahajan, a resident of Sector 45-A, complained to the police alleging that Kulbir Singh, a resident of Phase-I, Mohali, deceived him of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of selling his house.

I-Day Vigil: 22 suspects rounded up
Chandigarh, July 25
At least 85 cops along with paramilitary and Punjab Police commandos besides nine search parties of the South Division cordoned off Nehru Colony, Chandigarh, and searched each and every dwelling for suspected terrorists and anti-social elements. The search operation began at 4am and continued till 7.30am.

SPORTS

Refresher course for cricket coaches
Chandigarh, July 25
Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) will be playing host to the three-day refresher course for North Zone Level-A Coaches conducted by a team of faculty from NCA led by its director operations Dav Whatmore. Dronacharya award winner and coach of the legendary Kapil Dev Desh Prem Azad inaugurated the course.

Cricket trials today
Chandigarh, July 25
The trials for Kundan Cricket Academy, Sector 46-B, will be held on July 26 at Kundan International School.

Sec-19 prevail over DP Azad academy
Chandigarh, July 25
Sector 19 Cricket Academy got the better of DP Azad Academy here today during a cricket match held at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here.

Football tourney from July 29
Chandigarh, July 25
Chandigarh Football Association affiliated to All-India Football Federation and Chandigarh Olympic Association will be conducting Chandigarh sub junior (boys) football championship for St Soldier’s Trohpy at St Soldier’s International Public School, Sector 28, from July 29.

Sahil fashions APJ Academy win 
Chandigarh, July 25
An all-round display by Sahil (31 and 3 for 30) enabled APJ Academy of Kharar snatch an exciting six-wicket triumph over Mohali Cricket Academy in the inaugural match of the 2nd S Amar Singh Memorial Under-13 Cricket Tournament on the Mohali Cricket Association ground in Mohali today.

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