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5-yr-old taking to correction fluids

Drug abuse high
Chandigarh, April 10
The district mental health programme is throwing up increasing evidence of inhalant drug abuse in the city. Camps conducted under the programme in different colonies show that children as young as five years are inhaling drugs like eraser fluids, solvents like taulene (used for fixing punctures), petrol and diesel.

No way to treat the ailing
Inmates of rehab centre rescued

Mohali, April 10
As many as 44 inmates were rescued by the district administration from a drug de-addiction centre in the Phase IX Industrial Area here this evening. Health department officials alleged that the centre had failed to provide basic requirements to the inmates.

Inmates rescued from a drug de-addiction centre being taken to the Civil Hospital, Mohali, on Tuesday.
Inmates rescued from a drug de-addiction centre being taken to the Civil Hospital, Mohali, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Bridge Hitch
Cross bus crew allowed across
Dera Bassi, April 10
It was a day of confusion and chaos for commuters on the Ghaggar Bridge on Ambala-Chandigarh highway.

NHAI bends; Highway shrinks


Dizzy Heights
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EARLIER STORIES

Dullo Junior challaned yet again
Chandigarh, April 10
It seems that son of former president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Shamsher Singh Dullo hates to obey traffic rules and regulations. For the past four months Bunny Dullo has been booked for violating traffic rules at least three times.

Woman found dead; kin call it murder
Panchkula, April 10
Fortytwo-year-old Paramjit Kaur was today found hanging from a ceiling fan at her residence in Lohgarh village of Pinjore. While her husband, Tirlochan Singh, said she was mentally disturbed, her family alleged that he and his family had been harassing her following a property dispute.

COMMUNITY

Kang blamed for sending notices to Kandi residents
Chandigarh, April 10
Kamal Kishore, chairman of the Ilaka Sudhar Committee of Kandi area, today said the previous government had played a mischief on the people of the area by issuing them notices to demolish their houses by enforcing the provisions of the Punjab Land Preservation Act ( PLPA).

Rodrigues reviews UT projects
Chandigarh, April 10
Emphasising that constant renewal of schemes to suit the changing needs people is essential, Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) today asked senior officers of the Chandigarh administration to do a periodical validation of the ongoing projects to include strengthening of physical and social infrastructure, followed by immediate necessary corrective measures to ensure their time-bound completion.

Parking Blues
Staff duck responsibility at Sector-34 lots
Where you pay for nothing

Chandigarh, April 10
With burgeoning traffic in the city and subsequent shrinking of the parking spaces, finding a suitable place to park one’s vehicle in Sector 34 has become every motorist’s nightmare.



Haphazard parking of vehicles at sub-centre, Sector 34, Chandigarh, speaks volumes of traffic management in paid-parking zones. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Haphazard parking of vehicles at sub-centre, Sector 34, Chandigarh, speaks volumes of traffic management in paid-parking zones.

North Indians spend borrowed money on social events: Survey
Chandigarh, April 10

All talks of expanding Indian economy notwithstanding, a substantial number of North Indians, borrowing money, are spending cash not only on social events like marriages, but also to meet their routine expenses, including money spent on food, housing, health, transport, education and durables.

Kenneth Sannoo and another representative

Kenneth Sannoo and another representative

Ammo scam: Defence terms charges as vague
Chandigarh, April 10
The defence in the general court martial (GCM) trying Col Vishal Bhargav, a former Commanding officer of a Gorkha Rifles battalion for alleged misappropriation of ammunition, today raised objections to the charges against the accused on the grounds of multiplicity and vagueness.

Members of the BJP burn the effigy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in Chandigarh on Monday. They were observing “Virodh Divas” following the arrest of party president Rajnath Singh over CD episode.
Members of the BJP burn the effigy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in Chandigarh on Monday. They were observing “Virodh Divas” following the arrest of party president Rajnath Singh over CD episode. — A Tribune photograph

Water Billing
MC panel settles two disputes
Chandigarh, April 10
The first meeting of the municipal corporation’s committee for redress of disputes pertaining to water bills was held today.

Documentary screened
Chandigarh, April 10
Riding on the success of 14 consecutive shows of their much acclaimed English play, Lion of Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh, staged at Waterman Arts Theatre, London, the Punajbi Theatre Academy of Middlesex London is all set to repeat their plays in the city beautiful and theatres in the region.

Sec-45 blocks without water
Chandigarh, April 10 Residents of two blocks in Sector 45 C have been facing acute water shortage even before the heat of summer can unleash its full fury.

Fauji Beat
When political bosses ignored military advice
MILITANCY that started in J&K in 1989 has claimed over 40,000 lives. Since it has not subsided and the killings are continuing, there is no reason why the Army should be withdrawn from the state. 
The Air Defence College Officers’ Mess, which has been declared as a heritage mess.

The Air Defence College Officers’ Mess, which has been declared as a heritage mess.

Letters
Reservation counters

Chandigarh faces perpetual problem of unwieldy crowds at the railway reservation counters at the ISBT and the railway station. The administration should make reservation facility available at e-sampark centres.

 
CRIME

3 travel agents booked for fraud
Chandigarh, April 10
The local police has booked three Mumbai-based travel agents on the allegation of duping a Mani Majra resident of Rs 8.5 lakh on the pretext of sending him abroad.

2 held for motor cycle theft
Chandigarh, April 10
The local police has arrested two persons on allegations of stealing a motor cycle.

9-yr-old boy killed by speeding truck
Panchkula, April 10
A nine-year-old boy was crushed to death by a canter while crossing the road at the Majri Chowk light point in Sector 1 this afternoon. The boy, Babloo, alias Maniram, hailing from Muradabad, was residing in a jhuggi settlement in Sector 3.



The wailing mother of Babloo who was crushed to death under a Canter near Majri Chowk in Sector 1, Panchkula, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh
The wailing mother of Babloo who was crushed to death under a Canter near Majri Chowk in Sector 1, Panchkula, on Tuesday.

Man held for sodomy
Panchkula, April 10
The Panchkula police arrested Sandeep, accused for sodomy, from the Sector 4 bus stand, here, today.

1 hurt in clash
Mohali, April 10
Ashok Kumar, a resident of Sector 69, sustained injuries during a clash at a liquor shop in Sector 70 last night.

No headway in havildar’s murder case
Panchkula, April 10
The police carried out a search at the residence of Army havildar Gurjinder Singh at Chandi Mandir here today. He was found murdered in Morni on Sunday. After the post-mortem examination, the body was handed over to his wife.

 
EDUCATION

Playing truant won’t be easy now
City colleges to issue
lecture cards
Chandigarh, April 10
A plan to tackle absenteeism among college students in the city is afoot. To be implemented from the forthcoming session, government college principals in the city have been asked by the Chandigarh administration to start working on the plan already.

Refresher courses for lecturers
UGC extends date
Chandigarh, April 10
Dr R.P.S. Josh, a fellow with Panjab University, in a letter to Punjab education minister Dr Upinder Kaur had demanded to extend the date for the participation in orientation and refresher courses for university and college lecturers up to June 30.

PU to entertain late forms
Chandigarh, April 10
Last date for the receipt of forms for a special chance given to students to clear the compartment examinations (April 1989-2006) for BA/BSc/BCom/BBA/BCA/Prak Shastri/BSc (home science) and for improvement examination for MA (April 1992-2006) was March 5. According to the controller of examinations, PU, some forms for these courses were received after the last date.

Law students protest over date sheet
Chandigarh, April 10
Students of department of laws led by Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) protested in front of the department over date sheet here today.

Teachers’ body hails decision to deduct PF
Chandigarh, April 10
A general body meeting of the DAV College Teachers Union has unanimously welcomed the decision of the management of SD College, Chandigarh, to implement the deduction of provident fund from total salary.

 
CULTURE

Collection of poems analysed
Chandigarh, April 10
A critical discourse on a collection of poems by Dr Balvendra Bhushan Singh was organised under the auspices of the Bharatiya Sahitya Parishad at Gandhi Bhavan, Panjab University.

Swiss beauty prompted him to display works
Chandigarh, April 10
The images belong to a man smitten but that can hardly be helped. Switzerland is a photographer’s delight and when the camera-wielding aficionado is Chandigarh College of Architecture’s Principal Rajnish Wattas, this European country turns ‘muse’ virtually performing for the camera.

Rajnish Wattas, principal, College of Architecture, Sector 12, points to a photograph at his solo exhibition in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Rajnish Wattas, principal, College of Architecture, Sector 12, points to a photograph at his solo exhibition in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
HEALTH

Father of homoeopathy remembered
Chandigarh, April 10
Various functions marked the birth anniversary celebrations of Dr Samuel Hahnemann, founder of the homoeopathic system of medicine, here today.

 
SPORTS

AITA Talent Series
Bhavika, Ikttesh enter third round
Chandigarh, April 10
Ikttesh Chahal blanked Saumya Chaudhary 6-0, 6-0 in an all Chandigarh girls under-14 singles fixture in the second round at the AITA Talent Series being conducted by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at the CLTA Sports Complex, Sector 10, here today. Top seed Bhavika Wadawan of Chandigarh ended the challenge of Nikita 6-1, 6-3.

Golf meet to promote tourism
Chandigarh April 10
Forty golfers from Delhi, Mumbai and other places will be seen in action during the Chandigarh Golfing Tour to be held at CGA Golf Range from April 13 to 15.

Air Force sports meet begins
Chandigarh, April 10
Air Commodore R.K. Srivastava, Air Officer Commanding (AOC), 3 BRD, inaugurated the Inter-Group Sports Championship of the Air Force today. Team-B beat Team-A 25-16, 16-25 and 25-15 in a volleyball match.

CLTA to coach foreign players
Chandigarh, April 10
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) has signed a pact with the Commonwealth Youth Programme-Asia Centre (CYP) at CLTA complex, Sector 10, here today.

Jitender, Vijender enter final
Chandigarh, April 10
Indian boxers continued their fine showing as three of them blazed into the finals of the 29th Kings Cup Boxing Championships underway at Bangkok.

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