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Cong councillors revolt against Mayor’s ‘one-man show’
Accuse him of ignoring them while preparing budgetary proposals of election year
Chandigarh, February 26
A day before the presentation of the annual budget in the General House of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, crisis gripped the Congress after its councillors “revolted” against Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh (Pali) for “ignoring” them while preparing the budgetary proposals for the 2011-2012 fiscal, to be presented in the House on Monday.

Balancing Act

A minor girl shows her skills on a rope during the Rose Festival at Sector 16 in Chandigarh
A minor girl shows her skills on a rope during the Rose Festival at Sector 16 in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


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Sassy lass

Rishika Kaushal, a Bollywood dancer, performs during the Rose Festival at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh
Rishika Kaushal, a Bollywood dancer, performs during the Rose Festival at Leisure Valley, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Abused maids’ employer held
Haryana Chief Secy steps in after cops try to hush up incident
Panchkula, February 26
It’s a chilling story of sheer cruelty, one that causes repulsion against the perpetrators of the crime as well as those who are supposed to be the custodians of our rights. Two girls, aged 11 and 8, respectively, employed as domestic helps in one of the city’s plush neighbourhoods are allegedly assaulted, held captive, made to work for hours and denied proper food and clothing.

Reckless driving kills college student
Mohali, February 26
A 21-year-old student of DAV College, Chandigarh, Mehtab Veer Singh, was killed on the spot when the Maruti Swift car he was driving rammed into a tree while negotiating a turn near the Rose Garden in Phase 3B2 in the wee hours today. The impact was so severe that the front portion of the car was split into two.

Minor boy held for crushing 4-yr-old
Chandigarh, February 26
A day after a four-year-old Anshit Goyal was killed after being hit by a speeding Innova car in Sector 23, the police arrested a 15-year-old Class IX student as the accused. The minor boy, who is a Class IX student of Manav Mangal School, was on a joyride when he failed to notice the child playing outside his house.





COMMUNITY

Vehicles without speed governors to be challaned
Mohali, February 26
To implement government instructions of installing speed governors on commercial vehicles, the District Transport Officer, Mohali, will soon start a drive to challan erring vehicles.

Rose Fest leads to chaos on roads
Chandigarh, February 26
Rose Festival led to traffic chaos on the stretch between Matka Chowk and Sectors 10/11/15/16 intersection on the Madhya Marg today. The traffic police had a tough time managing the heavy rush of vehicles.
SNARL-UP: Vehicles move at a snail’s pace at Matka Chowk following the Rose Festival at Leisure Valley on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan
SNARL-UP: Vehicles move at a snail’s pace at Matka Chowk following the Rose Festival at Leisure Valley

Residents foil demolition drive
Panchkula, February 26
An anti-encroachment drive by the enforcement wing of the Panchkula Municipal Council triggered protest from residents of Budhanpur village, a slum near Sector 16 here yesterday.

EDUCATION

Katiyar: We should develop eco-friendly technologies
Chandigarh Science Congress begins
Chandigarh, February 26
Noted scientist SS Katiyar inaugurated the 5th Chandigarh Science Congress-CHASCON-2011 at Panjab University today. Katiyar is a former president of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the vice-chancellor of CSJMM University, Kanpur.

(From left) Prof RC Sobti, VC, Panjab University, Prof SS Katiyar and Prof AS Ahluwalia at the inauguration of the Chandigarh Science Congress at Panjab University
(From left) Prof RC Sobti, VC, Panjab University, Prof SS Katiyar and Prof AS Ahluwalia at the inauguration of the Chandigarh Science Congress at Panjab University on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

PU goes high-tech
Adopts e-correspondence system
Chandigarh, February 26
Using web technology to speed up its communication with affiliated colleges, Panjab University is all set to adopt an online system to receive data from the colleges, including the internal assessment of students.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

SAD leader’s husband booked for beating up woman
Rajpura, February 26
Twelve persons, including the husband of a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader, were booked for allegedly beating up a woman over a property dispute in Rajpura. The accused have been identified as Jagdish Jagga, husband of a SAD leader, who is also councillor in the Rajpura Municipal Council, Jassi, Jyoti, Deepak and Chand Parkash and eight others.

Rajpura flyover: Emergency services crippled
Rajpura, February 26
The Rajpura flyover, blocked for heavy vehicles for the past long time, is creating hindrance for fire tenders, leading to crucial delay during fire incidents. Divided by the railway line passing through the town, the flyover was built to bridge the gap at a cost of Rs 8 crore in 2001.
Barricades put up at the entry point to the Rajpura flyover. A Tribune photograph
Barricades put up at the entry point to the Rajpura flyover

Two-day seminar on development in Punjab
Patiala, February 26
A two-day UGC-sponsored national seminar on “Socio-Economic Development in Punjab: A way Ahead” was organised at Public College, Samana. Eminent economists from all across the country were present and deliberated on various socio-economic issues concerning Punjab.

No-confidence motion against MC chief
Dera Bassi, February 26
Following the continuing infighting in the Municipal Council, Dera Bassi, opposition members presented a requisition letter to the Executive Officer yesterday for no-confidence motion against council president Manjeet Kaur Dally.

‘Need to develop positive attitude among students’
Patiala, February 26
Yadavindra Public School organised its 62nd Annual Academic Day Function here today. Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil presided over the function. Laying stress on educational institutions, the Governor said institutions should gear up to face the challenges of the contemporary world.

COURTS

Company told to pay Rs 20 lakh
Chandigarh, February 26
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed leading realtor Emmar MGF Land Pvt Ltd to refund Rs 20.70 lakh each to a Panchkula couple, besides paying a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to them, and has termed the company’s act of enhancing the rates of the plots allotted to them from Rs 10,000 to Rs 11,500 per sq yard as an “unfair trade practice”.

Statements recorded in NK Jain case
Chandigarh, February 26
The hearing in the rape case, involving former UT Home Secretary NK Jain as the accused, was deferred to March 22 today after statements of two prosecution witnesses were recorded in the court. Two employees of golf club recorded their statement today in the Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge VP Sirohi.

CRIME

Ex-chief manager of PNB held for forgery
Chandigarh, February 26
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today arrested a former chief manager of Punjab National Bank (PNB) in a case of forgery. The CBI arrested SM Mahajan, former chief manager of Punjab National Bank (PNB), Sector 16, and owner of DS Industries, Baddi, Dhiraj Singh, for allegedly committing a forgery of around Rs 3.95 crore with the bank during 2005 to 2009.

Scribe assaulted, 7 booked
Dera Bassi, February 26
A journalist of a vernacular daily and his family members were attacked at their house by unidentified persons here this evening. The injured have been identified as Anil Sharma, journalist, his brother Ashwani Sharma, father Ashok Sharma, mother Santosh and sister Neeraj.

19-year-old student stages kidnap drama
Mohali, February 26
Fearing that his ploy of extracting money out his parents would be exposed, Abhishek Reddy, a 19-year-old student of computer science diploma at Thappar Polytechnic, Patiala, went missing from his Sector 66 residence here last evening, forcing his parents to believe that he had been kidnapped.

P’kula doctor escapes fatal attack
Panchkula, February 26
A doctor escaped an attack on his life as some unidentified assailants fired shots at his car in Raipur Rani, about 30 km from here, this evening. The police, on the complaint of Dr Vikram Gupta, has registered a case against unidentified assailants under Section 307 of the IPC.

SPORTS

Anmol first in 400m race
Mohali, February 26
Anmol Galhotra secured the first position in the boys U-12 400m race on the last day of 32nd annual inter-house athletics meet at Yadavindra Public School here today. Upmanyu stood second, while Sargun finished third in the race. Harshini bagged the best athlete trophy in the girls category, whereas Prabhjeet Singh Dhillon bagged Hajesh Boparai Memorial Trophy.

Madras University beat PU 2-0
Chandigarh, February 26
Madras University defeated host Panjab University, Chandigarh, during the second day of the All-India Inter-Zonal Inter-University Lawn Tennis (Women) Championship being held at PU here today.

ICC World Cup
PCA prepares pitch for league match
Chandigarh, February 26
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has started preparing the pitch for the upcoming first league match of the ICC-Cricket World Cup between South Africa and Netherlands at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, on March 3.

A cameraman places his equipment at the PCA stadium in Mohali on Saturday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

A cameraman places his equipment at the PCA stadium in Mohali

 


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