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House collapse leaves 3 of family dead
A grieving relative of the victims who died in a house collapse at Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Saturday.Chandigarh, May 6
Three members of a Kashmiri migrant family were buried alive in a house collapse in Bapu Dham at about 1.30 this morning. The victims, including an eight-year-old boy, were sleeping on the floor in a one-room tenement when a deafening blast brought down the structure.

A grieving relative of the victims who died in a house collapse at Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Cops lay hands on salesman’s phone details
Chandigarh, May 6
While the Chandigarh Police is yet to achieve any breakthrough in the case of theft of expensive clothes from an exclusive ladies garment shop, allegedly involving a salesman and the wife of a local Congress leader, exchange of frequent and long-duration calls between two mobile numbers have come to light.






EARLIER STORIES

  High tension wires hold up IT park work
Chandigarh, May 6
Work on phase II of Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park has been held up these days as no immediate alternative has been found for relocating a huge span of high tension wires running through its territory.

Torture case: notice to Admn, SSP
Chandigarh, May 6
In the case of the alleged torture of an employee of a private cable operator in Sector 28, Vinod, by the police at the Sector 26 police station, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a notice of motion to the Chandigarh Administration, Senior Superintendent of Police and Station House Officer, Sector 26, for July 6.

Cable theft hits 5,000 BSNL phones
Chandigarh, May 6
The theft of cable supporting the BSNL network in the city led to hundreds of telephone connections being snapped in the city, particularly in the southern belt. The affected areas included Sectors 38, 38(West), 39, 41, 55 and 6 and Maloya.

   
COMMUNITY

Overcharging rampant in eating shops, hotels
Chandigarh, May 6
How many of us have spoken against exploitation by hotelwallas as they charge unreasonably for their food? But Vikram Bhatia, training manager with a local MNC, is determined to take them to court.

Murder case: son alleges police inaction
Mohali, May 6
A son of an elderly couple, who was brutally murdered in Phase IV here on May 3, has alleged that the police was not properly investigating the crime.

Cong for CBI probe into hotel case
Chandigarh, May 6
The Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee today demanded a CBI enquiry into the case in which alleged prostitutes were arrested along with their pimp, Mr Cash, at Hotel Orange, Sector 35, here yesterday. The hotel belongs to a top BJP leader.

BJP to protest outside CM’s house
Chandigarh, May 6
The BJP will stage a protest outside the Punjab Chief Minister’s residence on May 20 in protest against the non-fulfilment of the government’s promise to provide 20 mgd water from the fourth phase of the Kaujali waterworks.

Fire destroys goods in phenol unit
Chandigarh, May 6
Property and goods worth Rs 10 lakh were gutted in a major fire, which broke out at phenol and cleaning agent-manufacturing unit Root Enterprises in Industrial Area in the wee hours today. No loss of life was, however, reported.

Application date for relief extended
Mohali, May 6
The district administration has extended the date of receiving applications to May 15 for giving compensation to ’84 riot victims.

Roadways’ strike hits commuters
Panchkula, May 6
Passengers and commuters were put to great hardship due to the ongoing strike by the members of various unions of Haryana Roadways in the district here today. Almost every bus stop gave a deserted look.

Cops mistake tube burst for gunshot
Panchkula, May 6
The police rounded up over 10 youths and detained them following an incident that occurred at the time while the meeting of the Haryana Olympic Association (HOA) was going on in Sector 9.

MCPI (U) activists convention
Chandigarh, May 6
The Marxists Communist Party of India (United) today held a convention at Saini Bhavan here. Around 250 activists from Chandigarh, Ropar, Patiala and Nawanshahr participated. The convention called upon Left and democratic forces of the state to fight against the “anti-people” policy of the Congress government in the state and at the Centre.
Mr Chander Sekhar, member of the all-India committee of the MCPI (U), addresses workers in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Mr Chander Sekhar, member of the all-India committee of the MCPI (U), addresses workers in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Mahapanchayat on lal dora issue
Chandigarh, May 6
A mahapanchayat of 18 UT villages was held at Hallomajra village today on the issue of extension of lal dora and inclusion of villages in the corporation. Sarpanches and panches from different gram panchayats and Panchayat Samiti members participated.

The representatives of 18 villages of the UT attend a mahapanchayat at Hallo Majra in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

The representatives of 18 villages of the UT attend a mahapanchayat at Hallo Majra in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Retired Air Cmde cremated with honours
Chandigarh, May 6
The first station commander of the Chandigarh Air Force Station, Air Cmde M.S. Aulakh (retd), who died yesterday after a brief illness, was cremated with service honours here today. He was 88.

 
CRIME

Youth’s body found
Chandigarh, May 6
Four persons died in separate incidents in the city. In an incident in Mani Majra, the body of Ashwani (21), was found lying on the roadside under mysterious circumstances. The victim lived in Modern Housing Complex.


 
EDUCATION

Engineering college records 100 pc placement
Mohali, May 6
The Chandigarh College of Engineering, Landran, has recorded 100 per cent placement of students of the 2004 and 2005 batches, besides securing the placement of most students of the 2006 batch.

Inservice course for KV teachers
Chandigarh, May 6
Teachers from Kendriya Vidyalayas in Jammu, Dehradun and Chandigarh converged on the campus of KV No 2, 3 BRD, here today for a 21-day inservice course for Trained Graduate Teachers (English).

Migration certificate not required: PU
Chandigarh, May 6
The Panjab University senate has taken a decision that students desirous of pursuing diploma/certificate courses of the university can register themselves without producing migration certificate from the parent university/institution from where they come. Migration certificate in such cases would not be demanded but the students have to submit a no-objection certificate from the parent university or institution.

Meeting of Sikh institute heads
Chandigarh, May 6
The annual general body meeting of the Sikh Educational Society was held today at Sri Guru Gobind Singh College Complex. Principals of various institutions of the SGGS presented the progress report of their institutes. The audit reports and balance sheets for 2005-2006 were presented and approved by the general body.

Award for Manav Mangal Principal
Panchkula, May 6
Mr Sandeep Sardana, Principal of Manav Mangal School, has been selected for the Best Principal Award by the Science Olympiad Foundation. Mr Y.S. Rajan, Principal Adviser, CII, will honour him at a function at the Chinmaya Centre for World Understanding Auditorium, New Delhi, on May 21. 

Mother’s Day
Panchkula, May 6
Students of Little Flower Convent School, Sector 14, here today celebrated Mother’s Day. The little ones welcomed their mothers with handmade cards and decorated roses. The function started with a narration on the role of mothers. This was followed by a prayer.

 
CULTURE

Golden era of Hindi music recreated
Chandigarh, May 6
The golden era of Hindi film music was recreated again at “Bollywood Bites” at the Tagore Theatre here this evening by Rinku Kalia, a winner at Zee TV’s “Sa Re Ga Ma”.

A musical tribute to Batalvi
Chandigarh, May 6
When life goes through torment and moves towards a virtual wreck, it is poetry or art which comes as a solace and eventually resurrects it to a meaningful living, said Padma Bhushan S. Anjum while paying tributes to Shiv Kumar Batalvi and music director Naushad Ali.
Artistes perform during “Birha Tu Sultan”, a musical tribute to Shiv Kumar Batalvi, at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Artistes perform during “Birha Tu Sultan”, a musical tribute to Shiv Kumar Batalvi, at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

HEALTH

Experts attend ‘burns update’ at PGI
Chandigarh, May 6
More than 100 delegates from all over the country participated in Burns Update - 2006, a continuing education programme at the PGI, today. The programme was organised by the Department of Plastic Surgery.

Free bone density camp organised
Chandigarh, May 6
A free camp for bone density test for senior citizens was organised under the aegis of the Senior Citizen Association, Manimajra, here today.

Railway senior citizens attend medical camp
Chandigarh, May 6
Over 75 members of the Railway Senior Citizens Welfare Society today attended a free medical camp at the Fortis City Centre, Mohali. A seminar was held where senior citizens were given tips on how to avoid heart problems and take care of age-related illnesses.

 
SPORTS

Hans Raj bags most medals in skating
Chandigarh, May 6
A two-day skating carnival organised by The Roller Hawks Skating Club got underway today at the skating rink of Hans Raj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula. The hosts won the maximum medals in various events.

Boys in one of the skating events held at Hans Raj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Boys in one of the skating events held at Hans Raj Public School, Sector 6, Panchkula, on Saturday.

I. S. BindraBindra promises unforgettable World Cup
Mohali, May 6
“With our 1.5 billion dedicated cricket fans, the subcontinent will definitely deliver the biggest live and television audience ever. World Cup will be an unforgettable event and our bid comes with a promise that it will be the most successful one ever.”

Hefty pay packets draw coaches away from city
Upcoming tennis players practice at the courts of the lake sports complex, Chandigarh. Chandigarh, May 6
The shifting of base by talented tennis coaches from Chandigarh to other places is a cause of concern for the budding tennis players as well as the authorities related to the sports.

Upcoming tennis players practice at the courts of the lake sports complex, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Sudhir, Darshan win top positions in yachting
Chandigarh, May 6
The oars Sudhir Kumar and Darshan Lal won top positions in men category whereas in women category Raj Saini and Bhupinder Kaur remained first in Chandigarh State Yachting Championship held at the Lake Sports Complex here today. The duo, Dawinder Kumar and Daljit Singh, got the second position.

Contestants vie for top honours in the state yachting championship held at the lake sports complex, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Contestants vie for top honours in the state yachting championship held at the lake sports complex, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

Kapurthala all out for 132
Mohali, May 6
Kapurthala team was bundled out for 132 in 77 overs in a match against Mohali squad during the M.L. Markan trophy for 2006, played at the PCA Stadium, here today.

Drishti win karate match
Chandigarh, May 6
Drishti Gupta of Ryan International School, Sector 49, won in the sub-junior girls' below 20 kg category on the inaugural day of the first Inter-Club Karate Tournament at Aanchal International School, Sector 41-D, here today.

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