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Dust Storm, heavy rain wreak havoc in tricity
A motorcyclist looks for a passage under an uprooted tree that blocked the road separating Sectors 19 and 20 Chandigarh, April 12
High velocity winds, rain, accompanied with hailstorm last night threw normal life out of gear in the tricity today.

A motorcyclist looks for a passage under an uprooted tree that blocked the road separating Sectors 19 and 20. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

No power, water supply for nearly 20 hours
Panchkula, April 12
Residents in various sectors of the town have been suffering without power and water supply for about 15-20 hours due to the dust storm that hit the city yesterday.


rush for minority status
20 city schools submit applications in last two weeks to circumvent RTE Act
Chandigarh, April 12
With the Supreme Court verdict exempting minority unaided schools from the purview of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, city schools have made a beeline for seeking minority status. While schools like Guru Harkishan Public School and St Joseph have recently attained the status, 20 other schools have applied for the same in the last two weeks, with five doing so today.
Missionary schools take the lead

pm’s visit
Inconvenience in store today
Police advisory: Avoid plying on road from 6.20 pm to 6.50 pm; 7.40 pm to 8.10 pm
Chandigarh, April 12
With Prime Minister Manmohan Singh scheduled to reach the town to inaugurate the silver jubilee celebrations of the zonal cultural centres at the Parade Ground tomorrow, major inconvenience is in store for residents.

Patient’s parents take ‘offence’ to GMSH discharge offer
Chandigarh, April 12
In a peculiar situation, the parents of a 20-year-old patient at Government Multi-speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, refuse to take him home, citing paucity of space at home.

Chargesheet against 5 in Bulbul case
Chandigarh, April 12
The UT police today filed a chargesheet in court against five staff members, including two doctors of Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, for negligence in the Bulbul case.

OPDs closed on April 14, 15
Chandigarh, April 12
The OPD services will remain closed at Government Multispeciality Hospital, Sector 16, and civil dispensaries on April 13 and 14 being holidays on account of Baisakhi and Dr Ambedkar Jyanti respectively.

2 killed as car falls into gorge near Morni
Panchkula, April 12
The promising career of two youths was cut short as their car fell into a gorge near Berwala in the wee hours of today. The victims have been identified as Brahmpal, a resident of Jalandhar, and Ramandeep of Manimajra. The other four occupants of the car, identified as Inderjeet of Raipur Rani, Varun of Malad (Maharashtra), Amandeep Saini and Kuldeep, received minor injuries.



An uprooted electricity pole blocks a road in Phase 10, Mohali Widespread damage to trees, electricity poles
Mohali, April 12
Residents of several parts of Mohali remained without power and water for the entire day today as a number of electricity poles have been uprooted in the area following the hailstorm last night.

An uprooted electricity pole blocks a road in Phase 10, Mohali. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

A car stuck in a dug-up pit at Sector 38 in Chandigarh After rain, two vehicles get stuck in dug-up pit
Chandigarh, April 12
Two vehicles got stuck into a dug-up pit left un-repaired in Sector 38 here today. Though the occupants of both the cars escaped injuries, the vehicles were damaged in the incident.

A car stuck in a dug-up pit at Sector 38 in Chandigarh. tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Chaos at Zonal Cultural Centre
Panchkula, April 12
Chaos and mismanagement prevailed today at the Indradhanush Auditorium in Sector 5 where preparations and rehearsals are underway to mark the 25th anniversary of Zonal Cultural Centres here.

Vehicle-free zone in Sector 17
No alternative arrangement: MC
Chandigarh, April 12
Under current circumstances it will not be possible for the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to convert any part of Sector 17 into a vehicle-free zone. This was the consensus among all members of the Contract and Finance committee of the MC, at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Mayor Rajbala Malik here today.

Results of 310 clerical posts at PU delayed
Chandigarh, April 12 Despite a decision taken by the committee formed by Panjab University for declaring the results of around 310 clerical posts before April 12, the university has failed to declare the results. The issue of declaring the results at the earliest was raised in Senate after which a committee was formed that recommended immediate declaration of results.

Salon, garment shop gutted
Mohali, April 12
A salon and a readymade garment shop in Phase 1 were gutted in a fire that broke out in the wee hours of today. The owners of both shops claimed to have incurred a loss of several lakhs of rupees in the fire

tribune impact
Doctors told to give info on their absence at dispensaries
Chandigarh, April 12
The Director, Health and Family Welfare (DHS), has issued directions to all doctors to put up information on their non-availability on any working days from civil dispensaries on a display board well in advance.

YWCA founder president passes away
Chandigarh, April 12
Dr Margaret Chowfin Mamgain, the founder presient of YWCA, Chandigarh, and Ashiana, the children home at Panchkula, passed away at the age of 95 at Udaipur, Rajasthan, today.
UT declares April 14 as public holiday


CBSE: submit results soon
Chandigarh, April 12
While a majority of the schools in the city are yet to submit their class X evaluation to the CBSE, the board has threatened to withhold their results and declare the rest of the results. In no mood to have an encore of last year, where results were delayed by almost two weeks as a majority of schools failed to submit complete assessment, the CBSE has asked schools to strictly abide by the April 15 deadline or face the music.

Row between PEC, Senate deepens
Chandigarh, April 12
The issues between the PEC authorities and Senate members seem to be deepening further as a day after witnessing opposition by the Senate members for calling a sudden House meeting without providing the agenda at the stipulated time, the PEC authorities today again called the meeting, terming it an ‘emergent meeting’, and tabled the same agenda in the meeting. A few members today also boycotted the meeting.

PUSU stages protest outside VC’s office
Chandigarh, April 12
Members of the Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) staged a protest outside the Vice-Chancellors office today over demands that included installation of high-resolution CCTV cameras in campus and adding more space in the PU library for the increased rush of students during exams. Later, in the evening, a meeting of students with the PU authorities was held and most of their demands were met.



Wheat procurement begins
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 12
The process of wheat procurement by the state government agencies has started in the Asia's second biggest grain market, Sirhind, today.

Rs 5 lakh looted from property dealer
Dera Bassi, April 12
Three youths decamped with Rs 5 lakh cash from a property dealer today after calling him for a deal in Daffarpur.

12 injured in group clash
Ambala, April 12
Around 12 peoples were injured in Mithapur village close to Ambala Cantt in a group clash. The clash took place on a dispute of piece of land.


Illicit liquor seized from pick-up van
Chandigarh, April 12
The police today intercepted a vehicle loaded with 65 cases of different types of English wine, which was being transported to other states. The cases were hidden under vegetables in a truck.

Two run over by trains
Ambala, April 12
Two persons, including a minor girl, were run over by two different trains on Ambala-Rajpura rail section near Ambala City this morning. The deceased were identified as Madho Ram and Sangeeta. Sources said Madho Ram (45) was working as a security guard in some private house at Vijay Nagar here. While crossing the rail tracks he was hit by the train and died on the spot. Railway police took the body to the local Civil Hospital for postmortem.

Two injured as gun goes off accidentally
Chandigarh, April 12
A 12 bore rifle of a security guard employed with a Mani Majra-based jeweller went off accidentally here this morning, critically injuring two persons.

Woman hangs herself, husband booked
Mohali, April 12
Thirtyone-year-old Balbir Kaur allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence in Phase 7 at around 5.30 am this morning. The police has registered a case of abetment to suicide against her husband Sham Lal and mother-in-law Bimla Devi on the basis of a complaint by the victim’s mother Naseeb Kaur.


Fans pour in to cheer home team Kings XI Punjab
Mohali, April 12
As the sun begun to set, audience started pouring in the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium to cheer the home team Kings XI Punjab in their first home match against the Pune Warriors, here.
One for the supporters
Actress Preity Zinta, co-owner of KIngs XI Punjab, throws a T-shirt at cricket fans at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Thursday
Actress Preity Zinta, co-owner of KIngs XI Punjab, throws a T-shirt at cricket fans at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Thursday.
Fans extend support to ailing crickter Yuvraj Singh during an IPL match at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Thursday
Fans extend support to ailing crickter Yuvraj Singh during an IPL match at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Thursday. Tribune photos: Pradeep Tewari

gully cricket
Kits distributed to participants
Chandigarh, April 12
The Chandigarh administration distributed kits among the teams participated in the gully cricket at the Sector 16 cricket stadium, here this evening.


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