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KK Sharma joins as Adviser this Friday
Pradip Mehra to go, finally
Chandigarh, April 11
Over two months after he was formally named the new Adviser to the UT Administrator, KK Sharma, a 1983-batch IAS officer currently posted as Prinicipal Secretary, Public Works Department, Government of Delhi, will finally join the UT Administration on Friday, April 15.

Live ‘action’ on busy road
Eve-teasing leads to violence, traffic jam; cops have hands full
Chandigarh, April 11
The UT police stood mute spectators, for a while, to an incident of brawl and road rage, that was an outcome of an eve-teasing incident, at Sector 45 here today.

A youth, who was one of the three occupants of a white Skoda car that was allegedly tailing a lone girl driving a dark grey Hyundai i10, hits out at a passerby while simultaneously wringing the neck of the girl’s father’s assistant who, along with the latter, had rushed to rescue the girl from the offending occupants of the Skoda. The incident, which occurred at 3:45 pm on the busy Burail roundabout at Sector 45, led to a traffic jam. Tribune photos: Vinay Malik


Due to lower wages, NREGA finds few takers in Mohali
Mohali, April 11
Mohali’s phenomenal 32 per cent population growth, attributed to the economic boom in Chandigarh’s periphery, has not helped hundreds of job seekers registered under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (NREGA) in the district. 

At 92, this doc serves mankind tirelessly
Chandigarh, April 11
Dr (Brig) Manohar Lal Kataria He is the oldest practising doctor in the union territory and continues to work with a commitment and vigour that will put many a youth to shame.Nonagenarian Dr (Brig) Manohar Lal Kataria, chairman-cum-managing director of the Chandigarh Rural Health Care Mission, that has established rural health care centres in Chandigarh and adjoining districts of Punjab and Haryana, can be role model for social workers in the city.

Dr (Brig) Manohar Lal Kataria


MC’s ‘demolition man’ whose axe failed to cut
Chandigarh, April 11
MC Commissioner Roshan Sunkaria, a Punjab-cadre IAS officer, who will complete his tenure on April 15, will, like outgoing UT Adviser, be remembered for his three-year lacklustre innings.

Tapping Feet

Old students and teachers of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, dance to ‘bhangra’ beats during the second alumni meeting, in which at least 25 old teachers were honoured.
Old students and teachers of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, dance to ‘bhangra’ beats during the second alumni meeting, in which at least 25 old teachers were honoured. A Tribune photograph  .

Judge bribery case deferred to April 30
Chandigarh, April 11
The CBI Special Court of Ritu Tagore today deferred the hearing into the judge bribery case to April 30 when it will be decided whether or not notices will be issued to Justice Nirmal Yadav (retd), who is accused in the case.

One man’s mission to curb female foeticide
Panchkula, April 11
In his fight against female foeticide, ‘mahant baba’ Ramdass Udasin has been almost single-handedly been launching various campaigns to inculcate awareness on the pressing need to eradicate the social evil and persuade newly-wedded couples against it.

‘More steps needed to make city disabled-friendly’
Chandigarh, April 11
The Chandigarh administration needs to take more steps to make the city disabled friendly so that people on wheelchairs can easily access all places, including markets, parks, banks, post offices, cinema halls and restaurants.


Bizarre are the ways of the UT Administration when it comes to earmarking lanes for traffic on key roads of Chandigarh. Acting on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the UT engineering department has embarked on a not-so-friendly way of directing motorists to their specified lanes by painting lengthy instructions on the road. With the city known for its fast-moving traffic, reading the directions may not only be a challenge for motorists but can also prove dangerous for some. Tribune lensman Manoj Mahajan captured one such a point on Madhya Marg.

2,500 take part in SBI officers’ meet
Chandigarh, April 11
The ninth triennial general council of the SBI Officers’ Association, Chandigarh circle, was held here yesterday.

Animal house for research
Now, lab to prevent infection at PGI
Chandigarh, April 11
After setting up an Advanced Facility for Small Animal Research, the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research will now have a bio-safety laboratory having facilities for prevention of airborne infection to animals in the facility.

Danger looms large on residents of Bharat Enclave
Zirakpur, April 11
Hanging electric wires from the poles are posing a great threat to the lives of residents of Bharat Enclave located on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway in Baltana.

Bloom amid the gloom

Chrysanthemums blossom against the backdrop of a dark sky in Chandigarh on Monday.
Chrysanthemums blossom against the backdrop of a dark sky in Chandigarh on 
Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Over 1.25 pay obeisance
Panchkula, April 11
More than 1.25 lakh devotees paid obeisance at the Mansa Devi shrine on the eighth day of the ‘Chaitra Navratra’ festival here today.

Hike in land fee opposed
Zirakpur, April 11 Members of the Zirakpur Residents Welfare Association took out a candle march on Sunday. They were protesting against the multiple hike in building map and land fee in Zirakpur.

Classical musician weaves magic
Chandigarh, April 11
Salil Bhatt created a magic of momentum and melody on his Satvik Veena only to enrapture the receptive audience at the Randhawa auditorium here today. The internationally acclaimed maestro, Salil Bhatt, bared the melodic character in the systematic and authentic exposition of raga “ Vishwa Kauns ”.He left the audience spellbound with his dazzling display of permutation and combination of music notes. A ‘sawaal-jawaab’ session was also held.


Packed like sardines
249 students in two classrooms!
The primary school has just a solitary functional tap for students to quench their thirst. Not only this, people residing in the neighbourhood also use this tap for drinking water. The broken boundary wall of the school complex at many places has added to the woes of the school authorities, with children living in the area often using the swings in the playground.
Panchkula, April 11
How serious is the education department in providing quality education to students in this district which boasts of the state’s highest literacy rate can be gauged from the fact that there are as many as 249 students spanning across six classrooms huddled in two rooms-averaging 125 per room - at a primary school with just three teachers at Fatehpur village in Sector 20 here.

(From left) Rear view of the primary school; students trying to quench their thirst from the solitary functional tap; cow dung stacked outside the broken boundary wall of the school at Fatehpur village in Sector 20, Panchkula. Tribune photos: Nitin Mittal

Noble gesture

Students of Government Model School, Sector 8, all smiles after receiving keys of a school bus given by the State Bank of India, Chandigarh, on Monday.
Students of Government Model School, Sector 8, all smiles after receiving keys of a school bus given by the State Bank of India, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik .

Good news for Class X students
Free career counselling by SIE resumes
Chandigarh, April 11
In what comes across as a relief to thousands of Class X students of this region, State Institute of Education (SIE), Sector 32, has resumed its free career counselling service after a gap of almost seven years.

Professor submits attendance records of students
Chandigarh, April 11
Questioning the academic standing of 17 students, who have accused him of deliberately failing them twice, history department professor Surinder Singh has submitted various documents to the acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof Bhupinder Singh Brar, who is also the Dean University Instructions (DUI), highlighting the poor performance and attendance of these students.


225 walk away with degrees
Kharar, April 11
Rayat-Bahra College of Education held its third convocation. Chief guest Karamjit Kaur Chaudhary, DPI (C), Punjab, conferred degrees on 225 students and honoured meritorious students.

Treasure hunt marks tech fest
Students perform during a tech fest at Guru Gobind Singh College of Modern Technology, Kharar.Kharar, April 11
A tech fest was held at Guru Gobind Singh College of Modern Technology. Main highlights of the cultural event were a fashion show “Enugma” and a laser show.Around 1,500 students from 30 colleges affiliated to Punjab Technical University participated in the event.

Students perform during a tech fest at Guru Gobind Singh College of Modern Technology, Kharar.A Tribune photograph

Chhatbir zoo safari to soon roar with Asian lions
Chhat (Banur), April 11
Visitors to the Chhatbir zoological park will soon be relieved from the monotony of watching “sluggish” hybrid lions in the zoo’s lion safari as, on Baisakhi day, a pair of Asiatic lions will be put on display. The pair - Gagan (male) and Heli (female), both three years old, was brought from Gujarat and has been quarantined to familiarize themselves with the surroundings for the past one month.


A bus driver, a motorcyclist and a cyclist apply brakes to ensure the ‘safety’ of a stray bull on the Dakshin Marg in Chandigarh on Monday.
A bus driver, a motorcyclist and a cyclist apply brakes to ensure the ‘safety’ of a stray bull on the Dakshin Marg in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Four vehicles collided
Dera Bassi, April 11
During the collision of four vehicles near here last night two persons were injured and three cars were damaged.According to sources, the accident occurred when Aman Gill, a resident of Gulabgarh, was returning in his Lancer car after attending a marriage party and suddenly a heavy vehicle hit his car, injuring his friend Vicky, a resident of Gulabgarh.

Royal city residents choked
With increasing VIP duties and shortage of staff, cops find it difficult to manage the growing traffic chaos in the city
Patiala, April 11
Traffic bottlenecks, lack of planning by the traffic police and non-functional traffic lights have increased traffic menace in the city causing harassment to commuters and city residents.

Devotees take out shobha yatra
Dera Bassi, April 11
A shobha yatra was organised by Sri Sanatan Dharam Sabha here on the eve of Ram Navami here today.Congress state secretary Rakesh Sharma flagged off the yatra. Sabha president Sukhdev Mittal said idols, including Lord Shiva, Parwati, Maa Durga, Hanuman Ji, Ram Lakhan, Ganga and Radha Krishan were on a display in the yatra.

INLD stage dharna against house tax
Kalka, April 11
Irked over an intense hike in collector rates of land and the recent decision of the state government to impose house tax in urban area, the local and district unit of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) headed by Kalka MLA Pardeep Chaudhary today staged a dharna opposite tehsildar’s office on the Railway road.

Rajeshwar takes YPS home
Patiala, April 11
Players in action during a match at the YPS cricket ground in Patiala Riding high on a valuable knock of 82 runs by Rajeshwar Brar, hosts Yadavindra Public School, Patiala, defeated Woodstock School, Mussoorie, by 209 runs in the 10th edition of T20 Cricket Tournament being played on the YPS ground.

SWINGING IT: Players in action during a match at the YPS cricket ground in Patiala on Monday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar


Cash, gold ornaments stolen from car
Chandigarh, April 11
Miscreants decamped with gold ornaments, cash and some documents after breaking the windowpane of a parked car here today.Sushil Kumar, a resident of Sector 45, reported that someone took away his bag containing Rs 550 in cash, a mobile phone, gold earrings and two nose pins after breaking the windowpane of his car (CH 01 AD 6798) parked near the Sector 20-30 trafficlights.

Three-wicket win for Airtel XI
Panchkula, April 11
Airtel XI recorded a three-wicket win over Infosys XI in a league match of the IXth Bharat Kesho Gupta Memorial Cricket Tournament at the cricket stadium, Sector 3, here.Batting first, Infosys XI mustered a total of 130 for 8 in stipulated 20 overs. Nitin Bhardwaj emerged the highest run-getter with 30 runs, whereas Ankit Sharma contributed 25 runs.


Vijayant beats Vivek
Chandigarh, April 11
Chandigarh Academy for Rural Tennis (CHART) trainee Vijayant Malik beat Vivek Shokeen in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 in the singles main draw of the Union Bank ITF Men’s Futures US$-10,000 Tennis Tournament at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association Tennis stadium, Sector 10, here today. Wild card entrant Ajay Yadav lost to Kaza Vinayak Sharma 4-6, 1-6, while Murad Inoyatov of Uzbekistan defeated Ladislav Chramostra of Czech Republic in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 to move into the second round.

1,200 cops to shield PCA Stadium
Mohali, April 11
For the upcoming IPL match on April 13 at the PCA stadium here, around 1,200 policemen have been deputed for security in and around the stadium.Mohali SSP GPS Bhullar is deployed to check the inconvenience to the residents staying near the stadium.

Golf camp for kids
Chandigarh, April 11
The British School Junior Golf Academy will hold a two-month summer junior camp on its Sector 44 campus here from April 17.Children from schools of the tricity in the 6-16 age group can join the camp, which will be conducted by Manjit Kochar, director, junior golf development programme, Indo-Canadian Golf Association, Canada.


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