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City stars shine on Civil Services horizon
Chandigarh, May 8
The IAS results declared today afternoon by the UPSC brought cheers to many in the city.

DGP Virk’s son also on the list

Rohit Gupta, Dhanpreet Kaur, Pradeep Virk, Deepshikha Arora, Tarundeep Kaur

From Left: Rohit Gupta, Dhanpreet Kaur, Pradeep Virk, Deepshikha Arora, Tarundeep Kaur

Deputy Mayor’s house raided, car impounded
SHO, SI suspended in showroom theft case
Chandigarh, May 8
The Chandigarh police today conducted a raid on the Sector 8 residence of Deputy Mayor Harmohinder Singh Lucky and impounded a Skoda car registered in his name.
H.S. Lucky
H.S. Lucky

Harneet Kaur
Harneet Kaur

 

 

EARLIER STORIES

 

Police ‘ignored’ vital clue

Chandigarh, May 8
While investigating the case of theft of expensive clothes from an exclusive women garments showroom in Sector 17 in April, the Chandigarh police appears to have “ignored” a vital clue, which could have exactly pinpointed the identity of the conspirators in the crime.



Pyar Singh and Rashma Devi, father and mother of Raju, the salesman involved in theft of clothes from a Sector 17 showroom, were in Chandigarh on Monday to know about the well-being of their son. — A Tribune photograph

Pyar Singh and Rashma Devi, father and mother of Raju, the salesman involved in theft of clothes from a Sector 17 showroom, were in Chandigarh on Monday to know about the well-being of their son

Substitution policy paves way for draw of lots
Chandigarh, May 8
Decks have been cleared for a draw of lots for at least 10 cooperative house-building societies following the approval of the substitution policy by the Chandigarh Administration yesterday.

4 families shifted from house collapse site
Chandigarh, May 8
After two days of the roof-collapse incident in which three members of a Kashmiri migrant family in Bapu Dham Colony died, a team of Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Sector 36, today visited the spot and took samples to establish the exact reason of the collapse. The team also took samples from debris and other construction material to find out if the building collapsed due to some blast as per reports.
 Experts from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Sector 36, inspect the site in Bapu Dham Colony, Chandigarh, on Monday where a house collapsed leaving three members of a Kashmiri migrant family dead on Saturday.
Experts from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Sector 36, inspect the site in Bapu Dham Colony, Chandigarh, on Monday where a house collapsed leaving three members of a Kashmiri migrant family dead on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Passing thru


Chandigarh Calling
As the heat in the city is getting deadlier, what’s drawing envious attention is the ‘King of Fruits’ — the juicy, succulent and ripe mango. Aptly named as the nectar of the gods, this yellow bundle of delight is already dotting the stately mango trees in the city. While the sight of naughty children trying to climb these trees in the hope of making off with some juicy mangoes is uncommon, we do have other mango-stealers.

 
COMMUNITY

Night checks of motorists irritant
Chandigarh, May 8
The harassment continues. In violation of its own stand against stopping drivers not committing any visible offence, the Chandigarh Police is regularly bothering motorists by carrying out late evening checks after setting up barriers on the main roads across the city.

Severe power shortage hits Punjab, Haryana
Chandigarh, May 8
Even as the Northern region sizzles at over 40°C Haryana and rural areas of Punjab are reeling under a severe power shortage. While Punjab is facing a shortfall of 1500 MW at peak hours, Haryana is facing a peak hour shortage of 400 MW-500 MW.

Fauji Beat
CDS a must for India
A T the launch of the book: “Kargil: From Surprise to Victory” authored by the former Army chief General V.P. Malik, in New Delhi, on April 27, the former Foreign Secretary, Mr M.K. Rasgotra, said that if India had a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), the Kargil war would have been “shorter” and “less damaging” than it actually was.



Former Chief of Army Staff Gen V.P. Malik interacts with jawans at a forward base.
Former Chief of Army Staff Gen V.P. Malik interacts with jawans at a forward base.

Councillor highlights Mansa Devi civic problems
Panchkula, May 8
Highlighting public grievances the Municipal Councillor of Mansa Devi Complex, Renuka Rai Walia, today gave a representation to the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board, Panchkula.

Garbage piles up at Sukhna, is anyone bothered? 
Chandigarh, May 8
“The City Beautiful” does not portray that impression across its various sectors and other icons. For example, the embankment of the Sukhna Lake has been littered with filth, garbage and plastic, barely a km away from the house of UT Administrator S.F. Rodrigues.

Garbage-littered embankments of Sukhna Lake belie the sobriquet of “The City Beautiful” bestowed upon Chandigarh. — Tribune photograph by Pradeep Tewari
Garbage-littered embankments of Sukhna Lake belie the sobriquet of “The City Beautiful” bestowed upon Chandigarh.

Micro Cabinet meeting of Lions Club held
Chandigarh, May 8
Blood donation camps, ‘Sight First’ programme and child care projects would be the main thrust areas of the Lions Clubs this year, this was stated by the newly elected District Governor of District 321-F of the Lions Club International, Mr R.K Rana, here yesterday.

Zirakpur architects seek inquiry
Chandigarh, May 8
The Zirakpur Architects’ Welfare Association has shot off a protest letter to the Secretary, Local Bodies, Punjab, demanding an inquiry and sealing of all records of Nagar Panchayat, Zirakpur.

Stale pastries leave six ill
Panchkula, May 8
Six guests, including children and an elderly woman of an Old Panchkula-based family fell prey to food poisoning after they reportedly partook of pastries from a pastry shop yesterday afternoon.

Mother’s Day function
Chandigarh, May 8
Mother’s Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, here today.

Removing power lines not to affect work at IT Park
Chandigarh, May 8
The process of removing the poles supporting the high tension(220 MW) power lines in Phase II of the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park will not affect the work on ground.

Drive against errant school bus drivers on, 136 challaned
Chandigarh, May 8
The challaning drive launched by the Chandigarh Traffic Police against drivers of school buses has failed to act as deterrent. It was apparent from the fact that the police, during its early morning drive today, issued challans to 136 drivers besides impounding 20 school buses for various violations of traffic rules.

No water supply today noon
Chandigarh, May 8
There will be no supply of water to Sectors 1 to 12, 18-B, 20- A and B, 27 to 30, Industrial Area, Phase I, Sector 22-C and D, Sectors 23 to 25, 56 and Sectors 35 to 43 tomorrow noon, an official press statement said here today.

 
CRIME

Councillor in dock over dowry charges
Chandigarh, May 8
The Chandigarh Police has booked a Patiala-based Councillor, Amarinder Singh Bedi, his mother and his father on the charges of criminal breach of trust and demanding dowry on the basis of a complaint lodged by a city resident.

Police accused of replacing revolver in firing case
Chandigarh, May 8
In a late night firing incident in which some persons fired in the air to threaten a city resident after having a heated argument over parking space outside a hotel in Mani Majra, the victim today alleged that the police is hushing up the matter by “replacing” the revolver with a air gun.

Body found
Panchkula, May 8
Body of an unidentified man (aged about 35) was found near an industrial plot in Industrial Area, Phase-I, this afternoon.

BUSINESS

New taxicabs to hit city roads on May 11
Chandigarh, May 8
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to start the new cab service on May 11, Mr P.S. Shergill, the Secretary of the State Transport Authority, said here today.

Also coming tourist guides
Chandigarh, May 8
The Department of Tourism has decided to time the launch of recently empanelled tourist guides’ service with the launching of the proposed taxi services  on May 11.

Bollywood designers to set shop at Mohali
Chandigarh, May 8
Bollywood will soon call on Mohali. Not for shooting in the rustic locales here but for setting up of back-end operations by leading Bollywood designers in the Fashion Technology Park.

PHDCCI flays proposed changes in post office Bill
Chandigarh, May 8
The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry has decried the proposed changes provided in the Indian Post Office Amendment Bill, 2006, on the grounds that this will completely eliminate the private competitors from the market as it is economically non-viable.

SUN Group formally takes over Punwire
Mohali, May 8
The management of the SUN Group today formally took over the Punwire factory at a function held in Phase VI, Industrial Area, here today.

 
EDUCATION

CM lays stone of NIIFT building

Mohali, May 8
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today laid the foundation stone of the building of the Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology here today .




The Chief Minister, Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, interacts with students after laying the foundation stone of NIIFT building in Mohali on Monday.
— Photo by Vicky Garu

The Chief Minister, Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, interacts with students after laying the foundation stone of NIIFT building in Mohali on Monday.

DAV-8 kids told about first aid techniques
Panchkula, May 8
As a part of Red Cross Day celebrations, students of DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Sector 8, were educated about the techniques to use while dealing with people injured in accidents and fire, besides sustaining snakebites, heat strokes and other injuries, here today.

Training programme for KVs begins
Chandigarh, May 8
A five-day training programme on disciplinary proceedings for the principals of the Chandigarh Region of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan began on Kendriya Vidyalaya, Air Force Station, High Grounds, here today.

Farewell party at engineering institute
Dera Bassi, May 8
A farewell party was organised for the final year students of the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology (SSIET) here today.

Scholarships given to 55 rural students
Chandigarh, May 8
Scholarships were awarded to 55 students, selected from rural schools, under the Dr AS Arora Scholarship Endowment Scheme, Mansa Rani Scholarship Schemer K.L. Soni and BN Shivpuri Scholarship scheme and Rama Bedi Endowment Scheme at a function held at Lajpat Rai Bhawan, Sector 15, here today.

 
CULTURE

Rockstar
Chandigarh: Salman Khan, John Abraham, Shahid Kapoor, Zayed Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Mallika Sherawat, and Esha Deol will perform at Rockstar 06, the biggest Bollywood concert ever to be held in the USA, Canada and the UK in May and June.

HEALTH

C-DAC to provide blood donors’ list on Net
Mohali, May 8
The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is providing an online blood donation bank where the list of blood donors, along with their blood groups is available.

Rally flagged off to mark Red Cross Day
Chandigarh, May 8
The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Gen. (retd.) S.F. Rodrigues, while presiding over a state-level function of the World Red Cross Day, here today, underlined the need to serve the needy and disadvantaged by contributing our time, energy and commitment.


Students participate in a rally to create awareness about HIV/AIDS, the goals of Red Cross Movement and promote blood donation to mark the Red Cross Day at a function held in Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Students participate in a rally to create awareness about HIV/AIDS, the goals of Red Cross Movement and promote blood donation to mark the Red Cross Day at a function held in Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Monday.

Camps, rallies mark Red Cross Day
Chandigarh, May 8
The Indian Red Cross Society, UT, Chandigarh, today celebrated World Red Cross Day by organising a cycle rally, free health check-up-cum-awareness camp and essay Writing competition at various places of the City.

SBI donates medicines
Chandigarh, May 8
The State Bank of India, under aegis of Community Services Banking, organised a series of activities on the occasion of Red Cross Day today.

Docs come to aid of burns victim
Chandigarh, May 8
An incident of stove burst some five months ago left 39-year-old Feroza (name changed) completely disfigured from her face down to the chest and her individuality shattered. Today, fortnight after she arrived in the city, as she prepared to return to her native place in Kashmir, she was beaming with confidence and had reason to smile.


 
SPORTS

Manav Mangal teams win inter-school contests
Panchkula, May 8
Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, Panchkula, has won the inter-school declamation and on-the-spot painting contests conducted by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation on the school premises.

14-yr-old swimmer has 75 medals in kitty
Chandigarh, May 8
The number of medals, which he has won till date in the various state as well as national level competitions, exceed his age.

Ajeet first Indian to ski to North Pole
Mohali, May 8
Ajeet Bajaj, who becomes the first Indian to ski on the North Pole, has brought laurels for India by hoisting the national flag on the North Pole on April 26.

Protest against cricket coach
Panchkula, May 8
Protesting against the Sports Authorities, parents of students getting coaching today assembled at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium and demanded removal of cricket coach.

Prabal, Sirin excel in skating
Panchkula, May 8
Prabal and Sirin were declared winners among boys and girls in the under-4 category on the concluding day of the skating carnival organised by the Roller Hawks Skating Club that concluded at the skating rink of Hans Raj Public School, Sector 6, yesterday.

Kamboj is cricket body president
Chandigarh, May 8
Mr I.D. Kamboj was unanimously elected president of the newly formed Chandigarh (UT) Twenty-Twenty Cricket Association at a meeting held at Mani Majra last night.

Umed to lead Wushu squad
Chandigarh, May 8
Umed Singh will lead a 20-member Chandigarh squad, including four officials, in the sixth Junior National Wushu Championship at Jabalpur from May 10 to 15, according to the Chandigarh Wushu Association secretary, Mr Sudershan Kumar.

Mountaineering expedition flagged off
Chandigarh, May 8
A mountaineering expedition to Uttarkashi being organised by the Maratha Light Infantry was flagged off from Chandi Mandir by the General Officer Commanding, 9 Infantry Division, Maj-Gen S.S. Grewal today.

ADMINISTRATION

Rs 19 cr sanctioned for Panchkula
Panchkula, May 8
The Haryana Transport Minister, Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala, said that Volvo buses yielded a profit of Rs 86 lakh in last six years. The minister also made it clear that the Volvo buses were not related to the issue of privatisation of the state roadways. These buses were being run on lease.

Onkar Nath is new AG
Chandigarh, May 8
Onkar Nath has taken over as Accountant-General (A&E), Punjab and Union Territory, today. He is a 1984 batch of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service. Prior to this, he had served as the Accountant General, Allahabad, for five years.
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