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Major fire at Whirlpool warehouse
Zirakpur, April 18
In a major fire at a Whirlpool warehouse in Pabhat village here, goods worth between Rs 22 crore and Rs 25 crore were gutted today.

Firemen try to douse flames on Wednesday. Tribune
Firemen try to douse flames on Wednesday. Tribune Photos: Nitin Mittal


Ministry approval a must
Chandigarh, April 18
While the Centre had recently increased the financial powers of the UT Administration from Rs 10 crore to Rs 50 crore, it had put an obstacle by issuing directions that every department would now have to obtain the requisite approval from the ministry concerned to implement a project.

Residents gather outside houses during a CBI raid at Sector 30 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. CBI raids Sec-30 EWS quarters
Chandigarh, April 18
Teams of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Chandigarh, today raided quarters allotted to economically weaker sections (EWS) at Sector 30 here following reports of open violations and inaction by the UT estate office.

Residents gather outside houses during a CBI raid at Sector 30 in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: S Chandan

Snatching continues
Chandigarh, April 18
For 72-year-old Kulwant Sharma of Sector 43, a routine morning walk with her dog left her horrified as her gold chain was snatched by two unidentified youths on a motorcycle here today. The snatchers used a cutter to pull her 25g chain.




Budding designers showcase talent
Chandigarh, April 18
Students of the University Institute of Fashion Technology and Vocational Development participate in a fashion show at Panjab University on Wednesday. The first design collection show by students of the University Institute of Fashion Technology and Vocational Development, “Shears and Rubans”, was showcased today at the Law Auditorium, Panjab University. It was an endeavour to allow the students to test and present their skills.

Students of the University Institute of Fashion Technology and Vocational Development participate in a fashion show at Panjab University on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

13 EWS children to go to school
Chandigarh, April 18
Undeterred by the cold response from the UT education department for getting children of the migrants, working at construction sites at PU, admitted in private schools under the economically weaker section (EWS) category, the students of the Centre for Social Work, Panjab University, finally got 13 children admitted in Government High School, Sector 25, on their own.

Musical soiree enchants audience
Rinku Kalia performs during ‘Sanjhi Shaam’ at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, April 18
The majesty of Urdu ghazal, traditional Punjabi folk and rustic flavour of Haryanvi raginis was eloquently discernible all through the musical soiree organised by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademy here today.

Rinku Kalia performs during ‘Sanjhi Shaam’ at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S chandan

Opposition opens front against Mayor
Chandigarh, April 18
A potholed road in Sector 50, Chandigarh. Tall claims of Mayor Raj Bala Malik for the development of the city in her first 100 days have been exposed, with residents crying for basic civic amenities. This was alleged by BJP-SAD councillors during media interaction here today, which was chaired by BJP councillor Satinder Singh.

A potholed road in Sector 50, Chandigarh. Tribune photos: Parvesh Chauhan

Councillors to resign from sub-panels
Chandigarh, April 18
All the 12 councillors of the BJP-SAD alliance in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation have decided to tender their resignations from all the nine sub-committees constituted by Mayor Raj Bala Malik last week. While interacting with mediapersons here today, all the Opposition councillors said they were going to submit their resignations to the UT Administrator, Shivraj Patil, tomorrow.

Admn to plough Sukhna weed
Chandigarh, April 18
The bed of Sukhna Lake. To save the landmark of the city Sukhna Lake, the UT Administration has now decided to carry out ploughing to remove weeds from the ake. At a meeting of the committee, which was constituted to save th lake, the members decided that the UT Engineering Department would carry out ploughing with the help of tractors and machines and thereafter weeds would be removed manually.
     The bed of Sukhna Lake. A file photograph

Southern sectors of city reel under power cuts
Chandigarh, April 18
Though the UT Electricity Department claims that there is no power shortage, the city residents continue to face power cuts. On Wednesday, many southern sectors, including 39, 40, 45, 46 and Burail village, faced a power crisis. Similarly, there was no power from 10 am to 3 pm in sectors 7 and 26.

Shots fired from toy gun send police in tizzy
Chandigarh, April 18
The UT police went into a tizzy today after the police control room received a call about a firing incident in Sector 40. However, the police later found shots were fired from a toy gun during a quarrel between two brothers at a house in Sector 40.

Fine imposed on 12 residents, notices issued
Chandigarh, April 18
The Municipal Corporation today imposed fine to the tune of Rs 2,000 on 12 residents for misusing water during the morning hours from 5:30 to 8:30, which has been banned by the authorities since April 15. In fact, notices have been issued to 55 residents of the city by the 14 teams, which have been constituted to check the misuse of water.

MC hikes raw material rates
Chandigarh, April 18
The municipal corporation has revised the rates of raw materials used in developmental works undertaken by contractors. In a meeting held yesterday, the road committee decided that there will be an increase of 20 per cent in the rates fixed by the authorities for allotting work to the contractor.

NH stretch to be inaugurated
Panchkula, April 18
The four-laning of Zirakpur-Parwanoo National Highway No 22 would be dedicated to the nation tomorrow at Chandimandir Toll Plaza, which has been fitted with Radio Frequency Identity Device (RFID), by Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Dr CP Joshi tomorrow.

Residents cover extra mile to reach home
Panchkula, April 18
The four-lane of the Zirakpur-Parwanoo National Highway No 22, that gave relief to the commuters from traffic jams in the Kalka town has also brought miseries for the residents for the residents of about 32 villages around Amravati enclave as they have to cover extra 6 kms to reach their homes.
NCC cadets administer polio drops to a boy during a campaign in Chandigarh.
NCC cadets administer polio drops to a boy during a campaign in Chandigarh. A TRibune photograph

Low water pressure in Mohali
Mohali, April 18
Parts of Mohali will get water at low pressure on April 20 as the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd will be carrying out repair work at the Kajauli waterworks. A press note issued by the department of water supply and sanitation said that the morning water supply would remain normal pressure while the evening supply would be at low pressure.

Special nakas for mining
Mohali, April 18
Showing concern over illegal possession and mining in the ‘kandi’ area of the district, the Mohali Deputy Commissioner, Varun Roojam, issued directions to initiate action against the culprits.

1 accused handed over to police
Mohali, April 18
While the Mohali police is yet to arrest the culprits in yesterday’s thrashing of an invigilator at Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, the college authorities have handed over one of the alleged accused to the police today.

Regional centre to be inaugurated on April 22
Chandigarh, April 18
The Regional Spinal Injuries Centre (RSIC), which is set up to cater to the needs of patients from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh, is expected to start functioning at Sector 70, Mohali, on April 22 by Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal.

Workshop on emergency life support
Chandigarh, April 18
In order to provide training to police personnel and volunteers of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH), is to organise trauma and emergency life support workshop here tomorrow.

CBI inquiry into Ashiana scheme sought
Panchkula, April 18
The BJP reiterated its demand for a CBI inquiry into the alleged discrepancies in the allotment of flats to slum dwellers in various parts of the town under the Ashiana scheme, here today.

Over 50 LPG cylinders stolen so far
Mohali, April 18
In order to overcome the loss and inconvenience faced due to thefts of the LPG cylinders, used for cooking midday meals at schools, the district education authorities have proposed to insure the cylinders.

Tricity scan


Class X results to be delayed
Chandigarh, April 18
In what may be an encore of last year’s incomplete and discrepant class X evaluation, online submission by schools may take its toll on declaration of the board results, now expected after May 20.

Appoint staff to meet crunch, say teachers
Chandigarh, April 18
Faculty members at Panjab University (PU) have written to PU teachers stating that the university should go ahead with the appointments to meet staff crunch. Pointing out whether Senate members play a role in the appointments, faculty members, including Tankeshwar Kumar, Devinder Singh and Manu Sharma, have stated that the Senate is always there and will remain there. Elections or no elections, influential Senators will stay.

Seminar to create awareness about implementation
Mohali, April 18
In order to remove the confusion in connection with the implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE Act), the district education authorities are organising a seminar at Shivalik Public School here on April 25.

24-hr deadline to city schools
Chandigarh, April 18
Issuing its signature hoax threat, the UT education department has yet again given 24-hour “final deadline” to city schools to inform it about the status of RTE seats in schools.



Law students win laurels
Patiala, April 18
Abhishek Boob, Mohit Saxena and Sidhant Sood of the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab, were declared runners-up in the prestigious Institute of Law Nirma University International Moot Court Competition organised by Nirma University, Ahmedabad. The team was also awarded the best memorial in the competition.

Meritorious students felicitated
Patiala, April 18
Two-day tech fest “Vetri-12” and annul prize distribution function of Thapar Polytechnic College, Patiala, concluded here today. Principal Gurmit Singh inaugurated the event, reminding the students that along with fun such fests came with a sense of responsibility and lessons of team spirit.

Residents allege LPG shortage
Lalru, April 18
People of Lalru area have been facing a tough time due to the shortage of LPG cylinders for some time. Local residents alleged that the main reason behind the shortage was the availability of gas cylinders on the black market and use of domestic cylinders in commercial places.

Ground water contaminated
Dera Bassi, April 18
The samples of ground water of tube wells situated near the Dhabi choe, taken by Punjab Pollution Control Board have shown the alkalinity and hardness in the ground water near the choe. The quantity was above the permissible limits.

DGP inaugurates police station, sports complex
Ambala, April 18
The Directof General of Police, Haryana, RS Dalal said that all the modern facilities would be made available in the police lines, police stations and even in the police barracks so that the police personnel could improve their lifestyle, here today.

Players vie to take control of the ball during a match at Punjabi University in Patiala on Wednesday. Kapurthala beat Roorkee
Patiala, April 18
Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, defeated BEG, Roorkee, in a tie breaker (9-8) in the first match of the Punjabi University Golden Football Cup (Men) Tournament that began at the sports complex of the university here today. The score was 1-1 at the end of the stipulated time therefore had to be decided through tiebreaker.

Players vie to take control of the ball during a match at Punjabi University in Patiala on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph


600 cartons of liquor seized
Chandigarh, April 18
The Special Investigating Team (SIT) of the UT police today impounded a truck carrying 600 cartons of liquor which were to be smuggled from Chandigarh to Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Chain snatched
Panchkula, April 18
Keeping the police on its toes, two motorcycle borne youths snatched a gold chain of a woman at sector 8, here this evening.



Stars land at pca, cricket fans have gala time
Mohali, April 18
On Wednesday evening, the cool breeze and presence of Bollywood stars, welcomed the audiences at the Punjab Cricket Academy (PCA) stadium where the high-profile match between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders took place.

Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta at the PCA stadium on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari and A securityman runs to catch hold of an intruder.
Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta at the PCA stadium on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari and A securityman runs to catch hold of an intruder. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Cricket League for u-16 boys
Panchkula, April 18
The Satluj Public School, Sector 4, will organise the Satluj Panchkula Premier Cricket League for u-16 boys from April 21 at the school ground. The players born on or after September 1, 1996, are eligible to take part in the tournament and any team can participate in the tourney.
Muthiah Muralitharan at Hotel Shivalikview hotel in Chandigarh.
Muthiah Muralitharan at Hotel Shivalikview hotel in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

GNPS-36 down Fatehgarh Sahib
Chandigarh, April 18
In the ongoing weekend match series, the local team of GNPS, Sector 36, defeated the cricket team of Fatehgarh Sahib by 84 runs at the cricket stadium of Sector 16 here today.

Athletics trials
Chandigarh, April 18
The Chandigarh Athletics Association will conduct trials to select the city’s junior athletics team at the sports complex of Sector 46 on April 20 at 8.30 am here.

Arun to lead u-17 team
Panchkula, April 18
Arun Kumar will lead the Haryana boys’ u-17 cricket team in the 15th National JM Haroon League Cricket Championship to be held in Tamilnadu.


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