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Booth Scam
Report’s legality, modus operandi under scanner

Chandigarh, March 6
PS Shergill Even as the magisterial inquiry into the booth scam conducted by senior PCS officer PS Shergill has created ripples in political and bureaucratic circles here, the legality of the report and modus operandi of the inquiry officer has come under the scanner.

Patients left in the lurch as AIDS drug 
Chandigarh, March 6
Hundreds of patients afflicted with AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) (AIDS) have been put in a tight spot after stocks of the vital medicine Zidolam-N (a three-drug combination), which is administered as the first line of treatment, became exhausted at the PGI. Almost two-thirds of the patients visiting the anti-retroviral therapy centre at the hospital require this medicine, which costs Rs 1,700 for a dose for one month. However, the drug is provided free of cost by the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO).


Man killed, son injured in accident
Mohali, March 6
Nishan Singh, driver of the Mohali district public relation officer, was killed and his son Manider Singh was injured when the bullet motorcycle they were riding was hit by a speeding Mahindra Scorpio near the Mandi board traffic lights in Sector 66 here late this evening.

Realty greed lands seven behind bars
NRI reports trespass, wrongful restraint, intimidation to cops
Chandigarh, March 6
Seven persons, including four local property dealers, were arrested here today on the basis of a complaint by a non-resident Indian (NRI), who filed a complaint of house trespass, wrongful restraint and criminal intimidation against them.

PGI to put organs from smokers, alcoholics 
Chandigarh, March 6
Seeing is believing. Putting this ancient piece of wisdom into practice, the anatomy department of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGI) will invite the city’s youngsters to visit its human organs display and research section. 


Chandigarh Overseas in dock over TDS
Chandigarh, March 6
The promoters of Fashion Technology Park, Chandigarh Overseas Private Limited, and its managing director, Sumesh Chawla, are in the dock as the income tax (I-T) department has initiated prosecution proceedings against them for not depositing TDS (tax deducted at source) to the tune of Rs 68 lakh.

Sanskriti Express arrives in city
Chandigarh, March 6
The city will get closer to the life and achievements of poet Rabindranath Tagore as Ambala division of the Northern Railway brings in Sanskriti Express, a special exhibition train on the Nobel laureate.

Kanta Saroop Krishen Serving society in her blood
Chandigarh, March 6
Having dedicated 46 years to the blood donation movement, Kanta Saroop Krishen, founding member of the Blood Bank Society, Chandigarh, was awarded with the special Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony at Panjab University here today. Contributing to the voluntary blood donation movement is like a religion for her family, says Kanta. Not expecting the award today, Kanta was seen interacting with other blood donors with moist eyes.

Kanta Saroop Krishen

Health call for morning walkers
HEALTH MATTERS: Morning walkers being examined during a free health check-up camp at Fragrance Garden, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Chandigarh, March 6
A six-member team, including two doctors led by Dr S K Bhandari, former medical superintendent of Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, conducted a free health check-up camp at Fragrance Garden, Sector 36, here this morning. More than 100 morning walkers reached to get themselves medically examined. A total of 15 persons were suspected to be suffering from high blood sugar and high blood pressure.

HEALTH MATTERS: Morning walkers being examined during a free health check-up camp at Fragrance Garden, Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

800 donors awarded for noble cause
Chandigarh, March 6
Over 800 blood donors were awarded in a ceremony held today on Panjab University grounds organised by the Rotary and Blood Bank Society resource centre.

Students, too, come forward
Chandigarh, March 6
A total of 105 students and staff members of the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management donated blood at a camp organised in association with the State Bank of India here today.

Drive at your risk

Accident-prone: Any accident can happen due to concrete scattered on the roundabout of Sectors 26, 27 and 28 in Chandigarh.
Accident-prone: Any accident can happen due to concrete scattered on the roundabout of Sectors 26, 27 and 28 in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

HCS recruitment scam
INSO to hold protest
Panchkula, March 6
INSO, the student wing of the Indian National Lok Dal, will hold a protest rally near the office of the Haryana Pradesh Selection Commission (HPSC) in April to protest against the HCS recruitment scam of 2009.

Dentist Day at govt college
Dera Bassi, March 6
A free dental check-up camp was organised by National Dental College, Dera Bassi, to mark the Dentist Day here today. The camp was inaugurated by college principal Tejpal Singh Ahluwalia.

Life Line gesture
Chandigarh, March 6
Chandigarh-based Life Line, a non government organisation (NGO), working for the needy patients in the emergency wards at the PGI, has donated an ambulance to the PGI.

Cleaning act

No Mercy: MC workers remove encroachments at Sector 30 in Chandigarh on Sunday.
No Mercy: MC workers remove encroachments at Sector 30 in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

750 tested at eye camp
Patiala, March 6
A free eye check-up camp was held by eye specialists from Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Patiala, in association with Hari Om Opticals, here today.

PGI starts research on glaucoma
Chandigarh, March 6
In order to study the causes behind varying results of surgery among children suffering with glaucoma, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has started a research project.The project started with the help of the department of biotechnology is the first of its kind to study such cases in the region, said Dr SS Pandav and Dr Sushmita Kaushik of the Advanced Eye Centre, PGI, here on Friday.

Spring fest concludes
Kite Runners: Spirited youngsters enjoy kite flying.Panchkula, March 6
The 25th Panchkula Spring Festival organised by the Haryana Urban Development Authority was concluded at Town Park here today. Bhangra and gatka was much appreciated by the audience. The festival was inaugurated by KK Jalan, Commissioner, Town and Country Planning, Haryana, here yesterday.

Kite Runners: Spirited youngsters enjoy kite flying.

Senior citizens felicitated
Chandigarh, March 6
The Senior Citizens’ Welfare Association, Mani Majra, celebrated its annual day at the Gurukul Global School, Mani Majra.

Stress to conserve environment
Chandigarh, March 6 The pre-primary and primary wing of AKSIPS-41-B put up a special show at the annual day celebrations of the school.

Fireworks on show at PU Syndicate
BUNDLES OF BURDEN: Women carry fodder near the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh. The recent Panjab University (PU) Syndicate meeting was dramatic, with contentious remarks being passed by certain members. The heated arguments took a toll on the health of Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti and a doctor was summoned for his medical check-up towards the end of the meeting.

Women carry fodder near the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Open House Response
Night Food Street alive, but not kicking
Night Food Street, launched with much fanfare on the lines of Lahore Night Food Street by the Chandigarh Administration and Municipal Corporation, had inherent infirmities from the beginning.

Sitar recital marks end of sangeet sammelan
Chandigarh, March 6
An enchantingly delightful and scintillating sitar recital by Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan marked the grandiose conclusion of the 41st All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan at the Tagore Theatre here today.

One’s event, others’ pain
Traffic crawls on Zirakpur-P’kula stretch
Zirakpur, March 6
Traffic on the Zirakpur-Panchkula stretch here moved at a snail’s pace today following an exhibition organised at a marriage palace on the Kalka highway.


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Mishaps claim five lives in four days
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 6
Five people have lost their lives in different accidents during the past four days on the busy Chandigarh-Ludhiana road. The deceased include a 12-year-old boy, a physically challenged man, a retired teacher and two others.

Proclaimed offender held
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 6
The police claimed to have arrested a proclaimed offender, wanted in more than 10 criminal cases, here today. The accused has been identified as Gurbachan Singh, a resident of Banmajra, Kurali, Ropar. He was presently residing in Phase III-B2, Mohali.

Haryana achieves distinction
Holds online test for police force for four consecutive years
Ambala, March 6
Haryana today set a new benchmark in e-governance and achieved the distinction of being the first state in the country to successfully hold the annual B-1 test totally online for its police force for the fourth consecutive year, starting from 2008.


Six get 7-yr RI in robbery case
Mohali, March 6
The Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ), Mohali, Rajinder Aggarwal has sentenced six persons to seven years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) for being involved in a two-year-old case of robbery at Zirakpur.

Institute directed to refund student
Chandigarh, March 6
The UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Baba Deep Singh Ji Multi-Specialty Institute to refund Rs 15,000 to a student, who had deposited the money for getting admission to class XII in a CBSE-affiliated school.

Firm told to pay insurance claim
Chandigarh, March 6
The UT Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum has directed the National Insurance Company to pay Rs 41,000 to the Haryana Warehousing Corporation on account of theft of 116 wheat bags from the insured premises of the corporation.


2 missing persons found dead
Panchkula, March 6
Bodies of two missing members of a family were found hanging from a tree in a dense forest area near Morni late last night.

Thieves decamp with jewellery, cash
Zirakpur, March 6
Thieves decamped with diamond jewellery, cash and valuable articles from the residence of Amit Kohar, a practicing advocate of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Savitri Enclave, situated on the VIP road, here.

50 impounded vehicles gather dust
Panchkula, March 6
Due to paucity of space at its godown, the excise and taxation department has dumped about 50 trucks and cars worth several crores of rupees at the Mini Secretariat in Sector 1 here.

One held for betting
Chandigarh, March 6
One person was arrested today for betting over the match between India and Ireland. The arrested person is identified as Pawan Kumar, a resident of Ramdarbar, who is said to be a local agent of some bookie in the city.

Bag containing Rs 25,000 snatched
Chandigarh, March 6
Two motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched a bag belonging to Indu Verma from Sector 32 yesterday. The victim, a resident of Sector 34, alleged that the bike number of the assailants could not be noted. The bag contained cash worth Rs 25,000, an ATM card, a driving license and keys.


Stone-pelting: Lorgat draws WI flak
Chandigarh, March 6
The West Indies management today condemned the statement made by Haroon Lorgat, chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC), over the recent stone-pelting incident on the Caribbean team’s bus after the ICC-Cricket World Cup match, where the West Indies team defeated the hosts, Bangladesh by nine runs after knocking them out on 58 runs at the Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka.

Martial arts participants awarded
Panchkula, March 6
More than 60 participants from all across the country were given certificates of merit and participation in the two-day “National Instructor Training” seminar here today.

West Indies vs Ireland
PCA expects large turnout
Chandigarh, March 6
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) is expecting more viewers for the March 11 clash between West Indies and Ireland after facing a cool response in the previous game held here.

Gatka Meet
Patiala, Jalandhar clinch top honours
Players in action during the final day of the Punjab State Open Gatka Championship at Dasehra ground, Phase VIII, Mohali. Chandigarh, March 6
Patiala and Jalandhar gatka teams won top honors in the Punjab State Open Gatka Championship at Mohali Dushera ground here today. A total of 63 gatka teams from Punjab took part.

Players in action during the final day of the Punjab State Open Gatka Championship at Dasehra ground, Phase VIII, Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Vinod Kumar’s team wins pro-am event
Chandigarh, March 6
Delhi-based professional Vinod Kumar and amateurs Surinder Pal Singh, Balwant S Brar and SK Khaitan won the pro-am event of the Aircel PGTI Players Championship held on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Amanpreet, Mithun win 100m race
Chandigarh, March 6
Amanpreet secured first position in the 100m race (girls) during the annual athletics meet of Aryans Group of Colleges organised at its college premises here today.

Golf Meet
Tarundeep fashions India juniors’ win
Chandigarh, March 6
Tarundeep Chadha of Chandigarh carded a par score on the final day to help team India to clinch the gold medal in the Asian Junior Golf Team Championship at the Damai Alaut Golf Club, Perak, in Malaysia last week.


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