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3 of family die in car-truck collision
Panchkula, April 15
A file photo of Amol Mandal, his wife Anjana and their daughter Arupa who died in an accident on Thursday. Tragedy struck a family residing in Sector 15 when four relatives including a teenager were killed early this morning when their vehicle collided with a truck while returning from Hardwar.

A file photo of Amol Mandal, his wife Anjana and their daughter Arupa who died in an accident on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

PU set to be centrally funded
Chandigarh, April 15
The PU is all set to become a centrally funded university, although members of the visiting constituted five-member union government Special Task Force today expressed helplessness in conferring the status of a central university.

Stretching patients to the limit
Chandigarh, April 15
Scene 1 (PGI’s New OPD; 10 am): Kamla Rani, a 40-year-old resident, leans heavily on a makeshift crutch. She walks some steps and takes a long pause. With a rod implanted in her leg, she struggles her way to the New OPD for a checkup. An attendant, apparently a friend, keeps pace with her.


Students protest axing of 130 trees
Chandigarh, April 15
Students of the PU today marched out of the campus to battle the scheduled cutting down of trees in Sector 15, which incidentally had been requested by residents themselves.


Bystanders in Sector 22, Chandigarh, watched the spectacle of a woman catching hold of a vagabond carrying a six-month-old baby in her lap and thrashing her in full public view on Thursday afternoon. No one among the crowd intervened and the drama continued till the cops arrived on the scene and took the vagrant woman along with several children accompanying her to the Sector 22 police post. When the matter was taken up with the police, those in charge of the Sector 22 and ISBT Sector 17 police posts began passing the buck to each other citing jurisdiction of the areas. Sources said the cops who were present at the scene hushed up the matter. Tribune Photo: Vinay Malik

Violence at PU
Committee reveals decrease in cases

Chandigarh, April 15 The high-powered committee constituted by the Panjab University Vice-Chancellor to formulate a strategy to deal with students indulging in violence today said the data collected of violence by the students in the last few years revealed that incidents of violence on the campus had decreased in the last one year.

Power woes haunt city residents
Sector 17, southern sectors feel the heat
Chandigarh, April 15
Power cuts have started tormenting residents of the City Beautiful. The use of the electrical appliances such coolers, air-conditions and fans following the prevailing heat wave conditions has started taking its toll on the power supply to various parts of the city.

Ruchika Molestation Case
Hearing adjourned for today
Chandigarh, April 15
Additional District and Sessions Judge Gurbir Singh today adjourned the hearing on former Haryana Director general of Police SPS Rathore's plea to Friday.It is for the first time that Gurbir Singh is hearing the case in the wake of the transfer of judges in the district courts.

41º C and rising
Chandigarh, April 15
Don’t expect any relief from the sweltering summer heat in the coming days. According to Met department, the mercury is set to rise by at least two degrees Celsius from the maximum temperature of 41º C recorded today - -the highest till now in the city. However, the minimum temperature today was a little lower at 20.4º as compared to 22.1º yesterday.

Convict’s Escape
Police still clueless
Chandigarh, April 15
The Chandigarh Police is clueless about the whereabouts of Paramjit Singh, a convict in a narcotics smuggling case, who allegedly gave police the slip from the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital here on Wednesday morning. He was admitted to the hospital on March 18 after he started a hunger strike in the jail against the court verdict.

Census operations begin in city
Chandigarh, April 15
The census operations in the city began here this morning with the enumeration of the Advisor to the UT Administrator, Pradeep Mehra.Keeping in view that the Union Territory has a large number of working couples, census officials started their day as early as 7.30 am.

CT scan centre fined
Chandigarh, April 15
Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, officials have imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Mukul CT Scan Centre, which is being run at the hospital on the public private partnership pattern, for stocking expired drugs and other irregularities while conducting scan diagnoses. The centre has also been issued a warning to immediately cease and desist from any repetition of the malpractice.

Cement Scam
Contractor fined Rs 13 lakh
Chandigarh, April 15
The MC has imposed a fine of Rs 13.84 lakh and cancelled the contract of Sarvpriya Building Products and AK Sood Engineers who were allegedly involved in the recent cement scam in which the vigilance department had seized 200 cement bags that were being pilfered from a construction site in Sector 17 here.

Cooperative Group Housing Society
‘Resume process of flats’ transfer on GPA’ 
Chandigarh, April 15
The Chandigarh Social Welfare Council has again urged the Chandigarh administration to restart the process of transfer of cooperative group housing society flats on general power of attorney (GPA) as per the March 2, 2009, notification.

Kulwant elected Mohali MC chief
Mohali, April 15
Kulwant Singh, former president of the Mohali municipal council, was elected president of the civic body here today even as Congress MLA from Kharar Balbir Singh Sidhu, who is an ex-officio member of the council, boycotted the poll along with councillors of his group, terming the election process unconstitutional.

From real estate to politics
Mohali, April 15
Today’s coronation as president of the Mohali municipal council has come at a “heavy price” for Kulwant Singh. Initially tagged a supporter of the Congress, it took the successful real estate developer almost three years to win the “confidence” of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Money played a role in securing seat: Sidhu
Mohali, April 15
Money played a major role in facilitating the election of Kulwant Singh as president of the municipal council, alleged Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu, a charge denied by the newly elected head of the civic body.

Dharna by PSEB staff
Zirakpur, April 15
Employees of the PSEB went on a two-day strike from Wednesday midnight to oppose the unbundling of the board. The TSU and Employees Federation (AITUC) supported them. The employees staged a dharna outside the PSEB office in Industrial Area, Phase 1, here. However, there was no power cut in some parts of Zirakpur.

Ban on weapons at marriage palaces
Mohali, April 15
The Mohali administration has imposed a ban on carrying firearms at banquet halls and marriage palaces in the district during marriage and other functions. The ban has been imposed with an intention to maintain the law and order situation in the area during the functions.

PGI’s nod to promote employees
Chandigarh, April 15
The PGI administration has finally given a nod to the long pending promotion of nine employees.

Tributes paid to Dr Ambedkar
Chandigarh, April 15
“The nation will remain grateful to Bharat Ratna Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar for all that he has done for the amelioration of the downtrodden and weaker sections of society,” said Anu Chatrath, Mayor, Chandigarh municipal corporation, after paying tributes to Dr Ambedkar on his 119th birth anniversary at Ambedkar Bhawan in Sector 37 here yesterday. She was the chief guest on the occasion.

Citizens’ Voice N-Choe
Treatment plants should be made fully functional



Students miffed as PU postpones MA exam
Chandigarh, April 15
Second year students of Masters of Arts (defence studies), Panjab University today had a harrowing time outside their examination centre in the south campus of the PU at Sector 25.

Obscenity charge against St John’s teacher
School dubs UT inquiry malicious
New Delhi, April 15
Kavita Das, principal of St John’s High School, Chandigarh, today appeared before the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI), with the school dubbing as “malicious and predetermined” Chandigarh administration’s recent inquiry against its arts teacher Michel Angelo Francis holding him guilty of teaching vulgarity and cyber crime to students.

Reservation for poor students
Admn proposes, pvt school disposes
Chandigarh, April 15
The UT administration’s claim that private schools had agreed to reserve 15 per cent of their seats for students hailing from economically weaker section has been contested by a private school body which has expressed reservation to the move.


YPS continue winning spree
Patiala, April 15
Giving yet another remarkable performance, YPS, Patiala, defeated YPS, Mohali, by 23 runs on the second day of the Dhruve Pandove Memorial T-20 Cricket Tournament, which is underway at YPS ground, Patiala. Batting first, YPS, Patiala, scored 165 runs for six wickets in 20 overs.

Urban Area Act being violated
Kalka, April 15
There has been a gross violation of the Urban Area Act in Kalka tehsil for the past over two years, causing a revenue loss of lakhs of rupees to the state government.


4 acquitted of murder
Chandigarh, April 15
A local court today acquitted four persons - Gurjit Singh, his brother Jagjit, Sandeep and Vikas - who were charged with the murder of a 21-year-old youth.The police had registered a case against four of them on February 28, 2009.


Pedestrian hurt in mishap
Chandigarh, April 15
A pedestrian was injured after being hit by a motorcycle in front of the Parade Ground on the road separating Sectors 17 and 22 on Monday.

Verka booth owner assaulted
Chandigarh, April 15
Some unidentified youths allegedly thrashed a Verka booth owner in Sector 7 market and decamped with cash lying in the safe late this evening.While the identity of the suspects is not known, they are suspected to be “locals” (residents of the sector).

Burglary at P’kula house
Panchkula, April 15
Burglars decamped with jewellery and cash worth lakhs of rupees after breaking into a house in Sector 12-A here last night.The owner of the house Captain Sushil Kapoor had gone to attend the 175 years celebration of Gorkha Rifles at Dagshai in Himachal Pradesh at the time of the incident.


Medha, Himani lift doubles title
Chandigarh, April 15
Medha Toor and Himani Mor from Haryana clinched the girls’ under-16 doubles title with ease, as their rivals Karman Kaur (Delhi) and Victoria Chahal (Haryana) (4-1, 4-0) could not put up any resistance during the course in the All-India Tennis Association Championship at the Sector-10 tennis stadium here today.

Rahul takes 4-stroke lead
Chandigarh, April 15
Noida lad Rahul Bajaj fired yet another under par score to take a four-stroke lead over his nearest rival Ashbeer Singh Saini, on the penultimate day of the IGU categorised Chandigarh Open Amateur Golf Championship on the par-72 greens of the Shivalik Golf Club at Chandi Mandir here today.


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