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Cityís VAT mop-up scales Rs 1,000-cr mark
Commodity mapping pays rich dividends for admn
Chandigarh, April 27
In a development that portends its entry into the league of major commercial hubs in the region, the city has breached the Rs 1,000 crore mark in value added tax collections. VAT revenues in 2010-11 is pegged at Rs 1,013.26 crore as against Rs 787.79 crore in the previous fiscal, up 29 per cent.

Sakhuja likely to be officiating PGI Director
Chandigarh, April 27
With the Cabinet Committee on Appointment (CCA) unlikely to finalise the name of the next PGI Director on April 29, Dr Vinay Sakhuja, the seniormost doctor in the institute, is likely to be appointed as the officiating director as an interim arrangement, highly placed sources today said.

Kings XI physio fined for failing to register with FRO
Chandigarh, April 27
Tim Brennan, the Australian physiotherapist of the IPLís Kings XI Punjab team, was fined by the police on Wednesday for not having registered with the Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) at the UT police headquarters.

A kidnapping that wasnít
Panchkula, April 27
It was a kidnapping that never was. High drama was witnessed after a woman, who could not find her two-and-a-half-year-old son in the courtyard of her house, filed a complaint in the Sector 15 chowki that their servant had kidnapped her son.




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The same story, a year after 
A leaking water junction at the road separating Sectors 52 and 53 in April 2010 (left) continues to do so in Chandigarh
A leaking water junction at the road separating Sectors 52 and 53 in April 2010 (left) continues to do so in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

Oceanic Consultants CEO arrested
Estranged wife alleges embezzlement of shares worth crores
Chandigarh, April 27
The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Chandigarh police today arrested Naresh Gulati, director and chief executive officer (CEO) of Oceanic Consultants, a leading immigration company in Sector 9, in a case of embezzlement of shares worth crores of rupees. The police had registered the case in February this year on the directions of a local court.



COMMUNITY

They need help, on and on
Chandigarh, April 27
Things would have been difficult for the families of Swastik (7), Harjasan (8), Himanshu (18) and other children like them, suffering from primary immunodeficiency disorders (PIDs), had there been no good Samaritan around.

Sidelined

A dismantled solar panel at a parking lot in Sector 22-B, Chandigarh.
Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Trauma system planning course from today
Chandigarh, April 27
To sensitise the medical as well as paramedical staff of various hospitals in Punjab and Chandigarh over care of trauma patients, a two-day trauma system planning course will start at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, here tomorrow. The first-of-its-kind workshop, to be supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO), will be inaugurated by Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Punjab Health Minister. Faculty from the WHO, including Dr Charles Mock, Dr Manjul Joshipura and Dr JS Thakur, focal point country office (India), would be the main presenters.

Rare surgery saves 72-year-oldís life
Chandigarh, April 27
Dr Harinder K Bali, a cardiologist with the Fortis Hospital at Mohali, claims to have successfully conducted intracranial (inside the skull) vertebral artery stenting, saving the life of a 72-year-old.

Garbage disposal a mess for Píkula, Zirakpur residents
Demand shifting of site
Panchkula, April 27
There is no respite for the Sector 23 residents across the Ghaggar who had been opposing tooth and nail the dumping of garbage in the area and demanding shifting of the site to some other area.
Seek dumping ground
Zirakpur, April 27
Zirakpur is becoming a dumping ground in the absence of garbage disposal facilities. Heaps of garbage could be found almost everywhere -- along the roadside, strewed on the streets, in the residential areas and even in the commercial complex.

Most water pipelines in Mohali corroded
Mohali, April 27
With the Punjab government drawing up grandiose plans to turn the town into a mirror image of Singapore, the ageing water supply system here is proving to be an anachronism.

Syndicate meeting to be different this time
Chandigarh, April 27
With Syndics confirming the minutes of the last meeting before commencing the new one, the forthcoming Syndicate scheduled for April 30 is going to be different.

PGI unions to protest against Dr Talwar
Chandigarh, April 27
The PGI Employees Union and five other affiliated unions, including the PGI Residents Association, the PGI OT Technicians Association and the PGI Nursing Staff Association, have decided to hold a protest against Dr KK Talwar on April 30, the day he demits office, to mark his farewell. The unions have planned to burn his effigy and conduct his mock funeral for his alleged undemocratic statement that there was no place for unions at the PGI.

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EDUCATION

Green idea takes 3 PEC students to Canada
Chandigarh, April 27
Consul-General Scot Slessor (2nd from right) and Dr Steven M Smith of Saint Maryís University with the winning PEC team of the Green Roof Competition in Chandigarh What a roof top has to do with conservation of energy? The Consul-General of Canada, Scot Slessor, believes that a roof top has a lot to do with conversation of energy. He maintained that it was the most eco-friendly way to keep houses warm in winter and cooler in summer.

Consul-General Scot Slessor (2nd from right) and Dr Steven M Smith of Saint Maryís University with the winning PEC team of the Green Roof Competition in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Going the model way
Now, English to be medium of instruction in non-model schools
Chandigarh, April 27
In what may prove to be a milestone in the cityís school education system, the UT administration will be doing away with the non-model system of education in government schools, with the first step being introduction of English medium sections in all non-model schools.

How safe are your kids?
Schoolchildren are being ferried precariously in auto-rickshaws. Apparently, having failed to learn lessons from the past, auto drivers continue to flout rules with impunity and run business at the cost of innocent lives
Schoolchildren are being ferried precariously in auto-rickshaws. Apparently, having failed to learn lessons from the past, auto drivers continue to flout rules with impunity and run business at the cost of innocent lives. Tribune photos: S Chandan

CBI opposes bail plea of law college vice-chairman
Panchkula, April 27
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today opposed the anticipatory bail plea of Moti Lal Jindal, vice-chairman, Swami Devi Dayal College of Law, Barwala.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD

Civil hospital sans doctors
Bassi Pathana, April 27
Local residents have been devoid of proper healthcare due to the absence of specialist doctors at the civil hospital here.

Youth stabbed, kin block highway
Ambala, April 27
An irate mob of the 12 Cross Road A police team removes bricks from a road after the demonstration by victim Vijay Kumarís (inset) kin and neighbours in Ambala Cantonment here today blocked the Ambala-Jagadhari road outside the Civil Hospital for about one hour, demanding arrest of the culprits who had killed a youth.
Vijay Kumar (22), a resident of 12 Cross Road, was stabbed when he went to the residence of his friend Ankush in Shivala Mandi around 10 last night. 
A police team removes bricks from a road after the demonstration by victim Vijay Kumarís (inset) kin and neighbours in Ambala Cantonment on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Postal dept launches flat rate parcel service
Ambala, April 27
The postal department has introduced parcel services on flat rates initially in three fixed sizes to compete the courier service.

Illegal disbursement of compensation
Revenue officials booked

Kalka, April 27
On the complaint of SDM, Kalka, Vandna Disodia, the Pinjore police yesterday booked land acquisition officers, a tehsildar, two naib tehsildars and a kanoongo.

COURTS

Witness in Babla case turns hostile
Chandigarh, April 27
In a setback to the prosecution, a witness in the case of illegal allotment of sheds, involving Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla as the accused, turned hostile in court today.

List of Ayurvedic medical posts stayed
Chandigarh, April 27
Justice Permod Kohli of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the issuance of final select list of 133 posts of Ayurvedic Medical Officers (AMOs), while hearing a writ petition filed by Dr Kulwant Singh and 14 others. They were seeking the scrapping of the result of the written test conducted on April 3.

ATI ex-official convicted
Chandigarh, April 27
The CBI court today sentenced former Assistant Director of Advanced Training Institute (ATI), Ludhiana, to two-and-a-half-year imprisonment in a corruption case.

Forum told to rehear case
Chandigarh, April 27
In a rare case, UT Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has asked the consumer forum to rehear a case wherein an ex parte order was passed on the grounds that the respondent was not given an opportunity to explain his stance.

Company directed to repair, return mobile
Chandigarh, April 27
In an ex parte order, the UT Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum has directed Harish Communication and GSM (Fly Service Point) to repair and then return the mobile phone of a city resident, Suraj Pradhan, and pay him Rs 4,000 in all, Rs 2,000 each as compensation and litigation costs.

CRIME

Youth shoots at himself
Chandigarh, April 27
A Sector-47 resident, Karamdeep Singh (25), shot at himself at his residence here tonight.

One booked for demanding dowry
Mohali, April 27
The police has booked a resident of Zirakpur on a charge of harassing and ill-treating his wife for dowry.

SPORTS

99-run win for APJ XI
Chandigarh, April 27
Hosts APJ XI recorded their first win in the APJ League as they beat Coaching Centre-19 by 99 runs at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.
A batsman follows through a pull shot during a match between APJ XI and Coaching Centre-19 at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, Chandigarh
A batsman follows through a pull shot during a match between APJ XI and Coaching Centre-19 at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Baij Nath, Nitin make right moves
Chandigarh, April 27
Local lads Baij Nath Prasad, Nitin, Anil Raina, Rakesh Kochar, Pardeep Singh Negi and Tarini Goyal moved ahead after winning their respective first round matches in the first Chandigarh Below-22 All-India Open Fide Rating Chess Tournament-2011 that started at St Xavierís Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, here today.

Most-trampled golf course needs 5-yr rolling plan
Chandigarh, April 27
New Chandigarh Golf Club president Malvinder Singh is determined to implement the five-year rolling plan to give a facelift to the most-trampled course of the country. ďIt is very much worth it, whatever the cost,Ē he told The Tribune soon after being elected president of the CGC.

DP Azad-Tau CC match ends in tie
Panchkula, April 27
The match between DP Azad Cricket Academy and Tau Devi Lal Cricket Club ended in a tie in the Weekend Cricket Tournament at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium, Sector 3, here today.

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