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Road atlas of accident spots
Chandigarh, September 12
Learning a lesson from the tragic death of two cousins who were crushed by a speeding car near the Haryana Chief Minister’s residence last month, the traffic police has recommended the installation of lights at the roundabout where the accident occurred. The traffic police has also recommended the construction of slips road on as many as 15 busy intersections, roundabouts and crossings in the city to allow the smooth flow of traffic.

Going not easy for PGI doctors
Work load, long hours taking a toll
Chandigarh, September 12
With 5,000 patients walking in each day, things are far from easy for PGI doctors who claim to be the worst hit by the increasing patient load. Struggling with long working hours, hundreds of patients and on and off allegations of negligence, doctors feel it is time that UT hospitals pull their act together and lend a helping hand.

Fact sheet
Daily number of patients: 5,000
Annual increase in patients: 15 per cent
Number of daily emergency cases: Over 100
Average emergency cases dealt by a doctor on a given day: 18
Average working hours for a PGI doctor: 12 hours

Gunshot victim dies at PGI
Chandigarh, September 12
Varun Aggarwal, who was severely injured with a gunshot at a factory in Industrial Area here yesterday, died at the PGI this morning. Meanwhile, the police today arrested Varinder Kumar Chauhan, managing director of King Kastle Bottling at Phase I, Industrial Area, saying the weapons used in the crime belonged to him.


Foreigners enjoy a motorcycle ride, oblivious of traffic rules, in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Foreigners enjoy a motorcycle ride, oblivious of traffic rules, in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

This gang has NRIs in mind
2 arrested for fraudulent land deals
Mohali, September 12
Non-resident Indians (NRIs), who have property in the tricity, should watch out. Before entertaining buyers of your properties, verify their credentials. A gang of thugs posing as officials of realty firms and police officials are on the prowl, targeting properties of NRIs and affluent persons.

GMADA gears up for big draw
Mohali, September 12
With uploading of the size-wise and category data of the applicants for Aerocity, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is gearing up to hold the much-awaited draw of lots. Over 3 lakh applicants had applied for plots of various dimensions from five marla (125 sq yard) to one kanal (500 sq yard).

Open House Response
Two sides of underage driving
The growing problem of underage driving is becoming serious day by day. A number of road accidents are reported every day. Forced to allow their wards to attend tuitions and other activities in different quarters of the city, parents buy them cars or bikes.


A mesh of overhead wires created by kundi connections poses a threat to the lives of residents at Palsora Colony, Sector 56, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Cracks appear in more houses in Bir Ghaggar
Bir Ghaggar (Panchkula), September 12
The residents of this village on the banks of the Ghaggar had a sleepless night as cracks appeared in more than six houses late last night. One of the residents, Sunita, whose house was considered to be safe, while showing cracks on the walls and floor of her house, said she did not know what the destiny had in store for her.

Hallo Majra cries for MC attention
Chandigarh, September 12
When Hallo Majra village on the outskirts of the city was included in the municipal limits, the decision had brought high hopes to its residents. With the reins of the village going the municipal corporation, residents had expected better civic and other basic amenities. However, four years on and things are as bad, even worse, as they were before.
A cop caught drunk in uniform tries to hide in a toilet at Sector 35.
A cop caught drunk in uniform tries to hide in a toilet at Sector 35.
An old man lies on a footpath.
An old man lies on a footpath.
Two youths enjoy beer in the open at Sector 22.
Two youths enjoy beer in the open at Sector 22.
Food ‘rehris’ at night in an unhygienic condition.
Food ‘rehris’ at night in an unhygienic condition. Tribune photos: Vinay Malik

Good Samaritan
With yellow and green colour, an auto would hardly stand out from the others in a traffic signal. But once you peer inside and take time off to talk to driver Jai Ram, you will be taken aback by his purpose. He picks up destitute and homeless people in his auto and takes them home where they are cleaned, given a bath and taught some basic work skills. Jai Ram does hope that his drive is backed by a guarantee of a sure seat in heaven. During the years, he spent as an auto driver, he would often spot people in need, lying helplessly on the city roads.

Govt dispensaries at God’s mercy
Out of the six dispensaries in the town, two are running without doctors
Mohali, September 12
Poorly maintained campuses with wild growth, shortage of doctors, lack of adequate furniture, worn out equipment, buildings in which seepage is evident and the absence of laboratories to carry out the basic tests are hallmarks of government dispensaries in various parts of the town.

Haryana Bachao
Youth wing of HJC launches campaign
Panchkula, September 12
The youth wing of the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) here today launched “Haryana Bachao” campaign from Sector 17 here today. State president of the youth wing of HJC Rakesh Bhadaun said both the Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal were making false promises to the people of the state. He said the INLD supremo Om Prakash Chautala had banned the elections to the students union in the state during his tenure as the Chief Minister about six years ago.

Storm water line caves in yet again
Mohali, September 12
Panic gripped residents of Sector 71, Mohali, when the main storm sewer line, running beneath a green belt, caved in early this morning. The 90-inch line runs close to houses in the sector.

A saga of supreme sacrifice
Chandigarh, September 12
The Punj Pani Rangmanch Theatre group staged a Punjabi play “Hind di Chader” at the Randhawa Auditorium here today.


PU & Colleges
How important is internal assessment?
Chandigarh, September 12
Blaming the internal assessment system for causing stress among students at Panjab University and its affiliated colleges in the city, certain teachers have now started a movement to abolish the practice.

PU to have computerised records of compartment exams
Chandigarh, September 12
Panjab University’s examination department is all set to introduce a digital system of keeping records related to compartment exams. The former system of maintaining statistics manually by daily wage employees will be discarded.

St Kabir lifts declamation trophy for second time
Chandigarh, September 12
Mishi of Chandigarh’s St Kabir School, Mataul Singha of Shimla’s St Edwards School and Bhavya of the host Pinegrove School were the winners of the gold, silver and bronze medals in the 10th inter-school declamation contest organised by Pinegrove School at Subathu yesterday.


300 examined at camp
Bassi Pathana: More than 300 patients turned up at a medical check-up camp organised by Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT) on Sunday. Trustee HS Mejie inaugurated the camp. A team of doctors led by Dr JS Gill examined patients.


Insurance firm told to recalculate claim
Chandigarh, September 12
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum yesterday directed ICICI Lombard Insurance and ICICI Motor Insurance to recalculate the claim of a music system considering its depreciation as per the age of the vehicle and release the balance payment to a complainant.


3 youths arrested for rape, blackmail
Mohali, September 12
Three youths, arrested last night by the Mullanpur police for allegedly raping a minor and circulating her video on MMS, were remanded to police custody. The victim, a student of class XI at a Mullanpur school, was given cold drink laced with sedative before she was physically abused near Kaheval village last month.

Woman hit by car, in hospital
Chandigarh, September 12
A 24-year-old woman was injured when she was allegedly knocked down by a car at Sector 26 here this evening. The police said the victim, Nirmala Devi, a resident of Mullanpur, was crossing the road when she was hit by a white Toyota Corolla car.

Youth succumbs to injuries
Zirakpur, September 12
A 30-year-old pedestrian succumbed to injuries here today at the GMCH-32 where he was admitted after being hit by a speeding mini bus near Bishanpura village on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway on September 9. The deceased has been identified as Moti Lal, a resident of Bishanpura village, hailing from Uttar Pradesh.

Man caught stealing
Chandigarh, September 12 A Sector 34 resident was caught stealing a wallet from a car in Sector 35.


Nipun shoots gold
Chandigarh, September 12
St John’s Nipun Nagpal scored 537/600 to earn the top honours in the air rifle sight (ISSF) event in junior men section, while Sacred Heart’s Anjum Modgil won the gold in air rifle peep sight event with a score of 387/400 in the junior women section of the 12th Chandigarh State Inter-School Shooting Championship-2010 at Shooting Range, Sector 25, here today.

Thinking beyond wheelchair
Panchkula, September 12
When it comes to toughness, this differently-abled Commonwealth Games aspirant surely knows how to scrum. For, Amit Siroha (26) is out to promote rugby in the country. Talking to The Tribune, Amit, who was in the city to participate in the Paralympic National Games, says he along with friends has been promoting the game among the physically challenged defence personnel in Pune, Bangalore, Ghandhinagar and other parts of the country. The only quadriplegic player in the country, Amit says the government should make available wheelchairs, costing around Rs 3 lakh each, being used in the game. In the absence of government support, it is difficult to promote such a sport in the country. He adds that he has spent Rs 1.5 lakh from his own pocket on the wheelchair, as no sponsorship has come forth to help him get the sophisticated chair, which is used by differently-abled players.

City to host hole-in-one contest
Chandigarh, September 12
The Chandigarh Golf Club has scored another first. Barely two weeks after bagging the first Maxpower Longest Drive contest, it has been chosen as the country’s first Dream Shot course, which will enable one lucky golfer to have a try at the $ 1 million cash prize for a hole in one.

Cricket in Fix
MP Pandove
Board to act tough, says Pandove
Chandigarh, September 12
An international report alleging an Indian batsman of being involved in match fixing during recently held IPL matches has left the BCCI perturbed. “We are taking the reports seriously, though it is difficult to prove the involvement of any player in match fixing on his on-field performance on any given day,” viewed MP Pandove, BCCI’s treasurer.

Basketball runs in his blood
Chandigarh, September 12
As a school-going boy, he had one aim — to represent the country like his father did in basketball. It did not take much time for this calm but gritty youngster to realise his dream. At just 16, Amanjot Singh was part of the squad that went to Russia to participate in the Youth Basketball Championship in 2008. Currently, Amanjot is part of an ongoing camp to prepare for the Youth Asian Basketball Championship to be held in Yamen next month. “I am hopeful of my selection in the Indian team,” says a confident Amanjot. Basketball is in Amanjot’s blood, as his father earned fame in the game while representing the country at senior-level many a time.  “I always wanted to follow in the footsteps of my father so I started playing the game at an early stage while studying in Ajit Karam Singh Public School. Then I shifted to New Public School, Sector 18, and honed my skills there. My performance in several state-level tournaments earned me a place in the team for youth championship in Russia, where we finished fifth,” adds Amanjot, who is now part of the Ludhiana Basketball Academy and has been pursuing his studies in SCD Government College, Ludhiana.

Rain washes out play
Chandigarh, September 12
Soggy outfields at both venues — Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium, Patiala, and LIC grounds, Sector 26 — forced the calling off of play on the second day of the two ongoing matches of Emerging Players Tournament by the Punjab Cricket Association here today.

SGGSC-26 claim handball title
Chandigarh, September 12
SGGS College, Sector 26, emerged champions in the Panjab University Inter-College Handball (men) Championship for 2010-11 at PG Government College, Sector 11, here today.


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