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Two men shot at, in hospital
Unidentified youth flees in car of a victim
Gopal VermaMohali, May 8
In a freak incident, two persons who were driving were seriously injured on a busy road in a residential area of Phase 3B1 as an unidentified armed youth, in a bid to snatch their cars, fired at them from close range here this evening.

Shreds of glass lie scattered at the scene where two shots were fired, in Phase 3B1, Mohali, on Sunday Shreds of glass lie scattered at the scene where two shots were fired, in Phase 3B1, Mohali, on Sunday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

CAG blasts MC
Service tax not imposed, other anomalies found
Chandigarh, May 8
The municipal corporation (MC) has come under heavy fire from the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for not imposing service tax and other anomalies in its functioning as part of the report for 2009-2010.

Skewed student-classroom ratio takes its toll on UT’s ambitious e-classroom project
Chandigarh, May 8
While private schools are headed towards setting up 3D classrooms, students of UT government schools students are yet to be introduced to their first e-classroom, which was supposed to be inaugurated almost a year ago in July 2010.


Afternoon siesta

A man takes a nap on a bench in the PGI
A man takes a nap on a bench in the PGI. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Lost enough weight? Not these cops
Panchkula, May 8
Even after four months of undergoing a weight loss programme, there is no change in the waistline of more than four dozen policemen, given a rigorous training schedule to lose weight and look slimmer.

Open House Response
Making mockery of education
As a founder principal of a college, I can only say that the article on colleges in periphery of Chandigarh by Sanjeev Singh Bariana was a well researched piece showing the ground realities. I will like to point out some observations that are based on my experience of having travelled in this category of colleges.


Master of the game is here

Mumbai Indians’ skipper Sachin Tendulkar arrives at Hotel Mountview, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Sunday
Mumbai Indians’ skipper Sachin Tendulkar arrives at Hotel Mountview, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Sunday. A Trbune photograph

Chemists stay away from bids for GMCH drugstore
Term condition on discounted medicines unfair
Chandigarh, May 8
The dispute over the terms of lease of a new drugstore at the Government Medical College & Hospital, Sector 32 between hospital officials and the Chandigarh Chemists Association appears to be headed for a protracted row. No chemist has bid for the store after the association asked its members to keep away from the tendering process, calling the condition on offering discounts on medicines up to 30 per cent “unjustified”.

P’kula traffic cops face acute staff crunch
Panchkula, May 8
If you notice fewer traffic cops on the town’s streets it is because of the severe staff shortage in the local police department. Compared to the neighbouring union territory of Chandigarh, where about 400 traffic policemen are posted, there are only 26 traffic cops, 13 home guards and 8 ‘nakas’ (checkposts) to control traffic in Panchkula, which is spread over 32 sectors and has a population of about 210,000.

Cong seeks probe into Infotech’s functioning
Kharar MLA alleges misappropriation of funds
Mohali, May 8
Close on the heels of the controversy shrouding the acquisition of land for the Global Industrial and Knowledge City (GIKC) at Rajpura, for which the Punjab Information and Communication Technology Corporation (Infotech) has arranged a loan of Rs 120.06 crore, the Congress has sought a CBI probe into the functioning of the state government undertaking and audit of its spending.

25-yr-old needs help for second kidney transplant
Chandigarh, May 8
Three years after a mother gifted her kidney to her only son, she is now running from pillar to post to save him as he has lost the transplanted kidney. As his father Ghazi Ansari, a rickshaw-puller, could not afford the post-operative expenses, over Rs 30,000 a month, after his son’s first transplant, the kidney failed, requiring another kidney transplant.
Shamshad Alam, who needs a kidney transplant for the second time, with sister Angoori, who has offered her kidney to save him brother
Shamshad Alam, who needs a kidney transplant for the second time, with sister Angoori, who has offered her kidney to save him brother. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Reporters' Diary
Who cares about cleanliness?
At public places in the country, including bus stands and railway stations, one can see careless public spoiling the general cleanliness. “This is not my house so why should I bother” is a general remark if one is questioned. There are others, who would stare into your face, as if they would gobble you up for daring to ask such a question.

— Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari
— Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

New-look park inaugurated
Chandigarh , May 8
Union minister for parliamentary affairs, science and technology and earth sciences Pawan Bansal today inaugurated a spruced-up park in Sector 48-A here today. Developed by the municipal corporation, the park has state-of-the-art multi-play equipment for children and well laid-out concrete tracks for morning walkers.
The newly inaugurated park at Sector 48-A, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

The newly inaugurated park at Sector 48-A, Chandigarh

Booth Scam
Probe report not accepted by admn so far
Chandigarh, May 8
The inquiry report submitted by PCS officer PS Shergill has so far not been accepted by the competent authority of the Chandigarh administration. This is the latest position of the Shergill report on the booth allotment scam, as per the reply received by Pankaj Chandgothia, national convener of SCAM (Social Campaign Against Mis-information), to his memorandum-cum-demand notice.

Protest over govt stance on terror
Chandigarh May 8
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) today organised a demonstration against the soft approach of the UPA government on terrorism as part of its national campaign. The activists gathered near the Tribune Chowk and raised slogans against the Congress-led UPA government.

383 donate blood
Chandigarh, May 8
At least 383 persons donated blood at a camp organised by the Thalassaemic Children Welfare Association at Zakir Hall, PGI, here today. Donors from Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh took part in the first blood donation camp in a series of six camps for the cause.


Placements at Panjab University
Advisory panel to meet on May 11
Chandigarh, May 8
To draw a blueprint of placement activity on campus for the session 2011-2012, Panjab University’s 21-member placement advisory committee formed by Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti will hold a meeting on May 11.

PG diplomas awarded
Chandigarh, May 8
The meritorious and successful students of the northern region were awarded postgraduate diplomas in classical music (vocal, instrumental), classical dances and fine arts (painting) by the Pracheen Kala Kendra at their annual convocation held at the Randhawa Auditorium here today.

Celebrating that special bond
Zirakpur : Students of New Angel Public School, Zirakpur, celebrated Mother's Day. They were accompanied by their mothers. Students enjoyed games and presented gifts to their mothers. They made cards for them.

A mother, along with her two kids, on a bicycle on the road separating Sectors 15 and 24. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

MOTHER’S DAY NOT FOR THEM: A mother, along with her two kids, on a bicycle on the road separating Sectors 15 and 24


Of the beaten path

Damaged footpaths at Phase III-B2 in Mohali

Damaged footpaths at Phase X in Mohali
Damaged footpaths at Phase III-B2 (top) and Phase X in Mohali. Tribune photos: Vicky Gharu

Chain snatching on the rise in Ambala
Ambala, May 8
Gangs of chain snatchers on the prowl have made women easy targets, taking advantage of them by surprise attacks that renders them unable to identify the culprits or the registration number of their vehicles.

18 suffer from diarrhoea in Ambala
Ambala, May 8
At least 18 persons, including women and children, suffering from diarrhoea were reported in Sultanpuri near Ambala City and Mochi Mandi today. According to sources, around 20 persons of the village had fallen victim to diarrhoea after consuming contaminated water in this locality.

24 injured in road accidents
Ambala, May 8
As many as 24 persons have been reported injured in road accidents in the past 24 hours in the district. Seven of them have been referred to the PGI, Chandigarh, in a serious condition.

Ration distributed among needy
Bassi Pathana, May 8
Members of the local Ram Sewa Dal led by its chairman Narinder Gupta distributed ration to 11 needy families of the area by organising a function here today. Addressing the gathering, chairman Narinder Gupta said service to mankind is the service to God.

Supporters of Khurana burn CBI’s effigy
Rajpura, May 8
A section of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leaders and local politicians burnt the effigy of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) following the arrest of BJP MLA and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Raj Khurana.

New sub-registrar office to come up soon
Patiala, May 8
Keeping in view the convenience of the city residents, the Patiala district administration has proposed the construction of a sub-registrar office recently. Giving information in this regard, Patiala Deputy Commissioner Dipinder Singh said the government was of the view that if money was being charged from the people, they should also be given the best of facilities.


Consumer Courts
Insurance firm fined Rs 1 lakh, told to pay Rs 7.9-lakh claim
Chandigarh, May 8
The UT Consumer Forum (II) has directed New India Insurance Company to pay Rs 7.9 lakh to an apple transporter, Rajesh Sharda, for not delivering his insured consignment of 592 boxes of apples, dispatched by him from Chandigarh to Hyderabad.


Man held for impersonation
Chandigarh, May 8
The local police arrested a man for impersonating a candidate during the examination of food inspector (Punjab) at Government Model School, Sector 41, Badheri, today. The accused has been identified as Jaspal Singh, a resident of Malout in Muktsar district.

7 more arrested in Bataud assault case
Panchkula, May 8
As the five-day ultimatum given by the CPM for arresting the accused who assaulted Dalits and used derogatory language about their caste in Bataud village on March 17 is coming to an end tomorrow, the police arrested seven more persons in the case.


The heat is on

Supporters root for Kings XI Punjab at the PCA stadium, Mohali, on Sunday
Supporters root for Kings XI Punjab at the PCA stadium, Mohali, on Sunday.

Cheerleaders of Pune Warriors India strike a pose
Cheerleaders of Pune Warriors India strike a pose. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari

Markan Trophy: Mohali, Patiala record wins
Mohali, May 8
Mohali, Patiala and Bathinda recorded a win in their respective matches in the U-16 ML Markan Trophy being played at various venues. In the first match between Mohali and Ropar played at Yadavindra Public School, Phase VIII, Ropar resumed from their overnight score of 36 for one and were bowled out for 239 runs in 86.3 overs.

Anshul, Arjun pitch in for win
Chandigarh, May 8
A superb bowling spell by Anshul Choudhary (3 for 5) enabled DP Azad Cricket Academy beat BTS Academy by 64 runs in the 3rd BTS under-12 Gold Cup Cricket Tournament at BTS Academy grounds in Sector 48 here today.

Hot Weather Cup
Harminder shines in Godrej & Boyce XI victory
Panchkula, May 8
An unbeaten half-century by Harminder Bawa (59 no) enabled Godrej & Boyce XI beat Baswr XI by 47 runs in the opening match of the IVth Hot Weather Cup League Cricket Tournament, being organised by the Chandigarh Sports Club at Cricket Stadium, Sector 3, here today.

St Xavier's School emerge carrom champs
Panchkula, May 8
Hosts St Xavier's School upset three-time champions St Stephen's School, Sector 45, Chandigarh, 2-1 in the final to lift top honours in the girls section after a gap of three years in the Fifth Clive Shear Memorial Carrom Tournament held on the school premises here yesterday.


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