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MCC wants money share up
Chandigarh, April 19
The municipal corporation of Chandigarh (MCC), in a memorandum to the third Delhi Finance Commission, has sought greater financial share and functional autonomy from the Chandigarh Administration. The administration had not paid at least Rs 40 crore of the due grant from 2001-2005, the note said.

A TRIBUNE INVESTIGATION
Beg your pardon, khaki slip is showing

Chandigarh, April 19
Beggars at traffic light points in Chandigarh pose a safety threat. Beggars are found everywhere in the city- at flood traffic light point, in commercial areas, the university and religious institutions.

Beggars at traffic light points in Chandigarh pose a safety threat. — Tribune photo by Manoj Majahan

Beggary lucrative trade for minors
Chandigarh, April 19
Four-year-old Muskan is a novice at begging, but she can give the best in the trade a run for their money. Forced into begging when her parents died, she has mastered the art enough to pose competition to seniors.

Tubewells: Staff bores into billing process
Chandigarh, April 19
The municipal corporation of Chandigarh threw procedures to the winds while raising bills amounting to Rs 3 crore against tubewell use violations by some units in the industrial area.







EARLIER STORIES

Cop caught on wrong side of law
People surround the Reva Car of the traffic police after an officer on a challaning spree was caught travelling without a seatbelt in the Industrial Area of Chandigarh on Thursday. Chandigarh, April 19
For the Chandigarh police there are no rules. Known for challaning motorists, the cops know how to get out of a mess when their brethren are caught violating the rules.

People surround the Reva Car of the traffic police after an officer on a challaning spree was caught travelling without a seatbelt in the Industrial Area of Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

A mentally challenged inmate of Pingalwara, Palsora, tries his hands at clay modelling during a workshop in Chandigarh on Thursday. Honing their faculties
Chandigarh, April 19
As many as 35 mentally challenged inmates of Pingalwara, Palsora, were imparted training in clay modelling at a three-day workshop organised by the Inner Wheel Club of Chandigarh midtown.


A mentally challenged inmate of Pingalwara, Palsora, tries his hands at clay modelling during a workshop in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

In brief

Kaimbwala liquor shop closed
Chandigarh, April 19
The district magistrate, Chandigarh, today ordered the closure of the liquor shop at Kaimbwala village, following a firing incident there in which a person was injured on the intervening night of April 17 and 18. The shop will remain closed for 48 hours with immediate effect. The orders were passed following report from the SSP. The magistrate has asked the SDM (HQ), Chandigarh, to take appropriate action under the law. — TNS

3 contractors arrested
Panchkula, April 19
The police, today arrested three contractors in the Hemant Kinger assault case.Prem Gandhi, Arvind Jakhar and Hare Krishan were taken into custody for beating up Kinger at the municipal council office. Further action would be initiated once the medical report is ready. — TNS

DA up by 6%
Chandigarh, April 19
The Chandigarh administration has enhanced the dearness allowance payable to government employees from 29 per cent to 35 per cent. The revised rates would be effective from January 1, 2007. The enhancement would be applicable to all government employees, including deputationists from Haryana and Punjab. — TNS

COMMUNITY

Tata customer on ‘wild Safari’
Chandigarh, April 19
A city resident has accused Tata Motors and its dealership of cheating him by selling him a defective Tata Safari.

Move to evict Dalit dharamshala
MC ‘staff’ beat a retreat after protests

Chandigarh, April 19 Local residents today confronted and sent back officials of the municipal corporation who allegedly descended upon the Dalit dharamshala of Ram Darbar to forcible get the premises evicted.

Bansal draws attention to plight of city’s poor
Pawan Kumar Bansal Chandigarh, April 19
Once again minister of state for finance Pawan Kumar Bansal has drawn the attention of UT administrator Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd) towards the issue of the plight of the city’s poor and marginalised residents.



Pawan Kumar Bansal

Panchkula Cong chief takes Chander Mohan head-on
Panchkula, April 19
City president of the Congress R.K. Kakkar today raised a banner of revolt against Deputy Chief Minister and local MLA Chander Mohan by stating that he was not in favour of dissolving the Municipal Council.

Delegates apprised of MC projects
Chandigarh, April 19
A 14-member team of the Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Centre yesterday visited the Chandigarh municipal corporation to study various engineering projects in the country.

Dist administrative complex
Kanwaljit: Project to start soon
Mohali, April 19
Punjab cooperation minister Kanwaljit Singh said here today that work on the district administrative complex would be started soon.

Uplift of Disabled
Funds galore, govt will lacking
Mohali, April 19
Funds allocated by the central government for the rehabilitation of physically challenged persons are not being used adequately, forcing them to lead a miserable life.

Greenpeace on ‘ban bulb’ drive
Chandigarh, April 19
Environment protection group Greenpeace yesterday called for phasing out inefficient light bulbs in India by 2010.

Oppn resents poor shape of roads
Mohali, April 19
Twelve municipal councillors of the opposition group have said roads in the town are in bad shape and the civic body has failed to carry out the required maintenance.

Temperature rise necessitates power cuts
Chandigarh, April 19
Barely after a day of respite from heat temperature in various parts of Haryana and Punjab has shot up.

Villagers get lessons on traffic rules
Chandigarh, April 19
The Chandigarh traffic police today organised an awareness camp at Kaimbwala village to educate villagers about the traffic rules and regulations.

Exposed eatables
Admn initiative against sale
Chandigarh, April 19
In its effort to check the spread of infection and water-borne diseases, the administration has decided to launch a campaign against the sale of exposed eatables.

Ex-HC Judge Singhal dead
Chandigarh, April 19
The legal fraternity of Punjab and Haryana today expressed grief over the sudden demise of Justice M.L. Singhal, former Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Col cremated with honours
Chandigarh, April 19
Col Kanwar Deep Singh Sahney, who died on April 14, was cremated with full service honours here today.

Vehicles challaned

Letters
Stray dog menace
Day in and day out newspaper headlines offer a peek of the ever burgeoning incidents of dog-bites in the city.

 
CRIME

Prized Catch
Mobile thief gives cops the slip
Lalru, April 19
A mobile phone thief last night escaped from the police custody at the Nahar police post, that falls under the Lalru police station.

Tired of sick wife, trucker kills her
Chandigarh, April 19
Unable to get rid of a sick woman he had bought as a bride for himself four years ago, 28- year -old Krishan Kumar found the perfect way to get rid of her. He hacked her and when she did not die and started screaming for help, he strangled her to death.

Cop booked for fraud
Chandigarh, April 19
A UT police head constable has been booked in a case of breach of trust and criminal conspiracy. He has been accused of duping several persons of Rs 4 lakh in a chit-fund case. Sources in police station, Sector 39, said head constable Ram Karan was booked under Sections 406 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code on a complaint filed by Jarnail Singh of Attawa village.

Arun Gupta, held for allegedly sending obscene messages, being produced in a local court in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Youth held for sending obscene emails
Chandigarh, April 19
The local police has arrested a Panchkula resident on allegations of sending obscene material to his former colleague through Internet.



Arun Gupta, held for allegedly sending obscene messages, being produced in a local court in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Barnala resident held under Arms Act
Chandigarh, April 19
The local police today arrested a Barnala resident under the Arms Act for carrying a double-barrelled gun without valid permit. Besides, the police arrested two proclaimed offenders (PO).

Burglars strike at Mohali
Mohali, April 19
Mobile phones and cash were stolen from two shops in Phase VII here last night. The thieves broke shutters to gain entry into the shops.

 
EDUCATION

PEC holds career development week
Students at a presentation made by Fluor Daniels, a visiting company, during the first day of the career development week at PEC, Sector 12, Chandigarh, on Thursday. Chandigarh, April 19
A career development week is being held at Punjab Engineering College beginning today. Known to be the first ever career development week in the college, it aims to equip the students before they finally appear for the recruitment drive scheduled for July-August.

Students at a presentation made by Fluor Daniels, a visiting company, during the first day of the career development week at PEC, Sector 12, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

From Schools
Function organised
Mohali
The Arya Yuva Samaj of the DAV Public Senior Secondary School here celebrated the birth anniversary of Mahatma Hansraj at the school. Principal Jaya Bhardwaj presided over the function and said the mahatma had pioneered the DAV network in the country, thus benefiting the younger generation in a big way. A variety of competitions competitions and activities were held on the occasion.

Jubilant students of the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology at their convocation in Mohali on Thursday.From Colleges
166 receive degrees

Mohali
166 management and computer applications students were conferred degrees by Prof S.K. Salwan, vice-chancellor of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, at the fifth annual convocation of Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology, here on Thursday. In his convocation address, Professor Salwan enumerated the need for professional and vocational education in the industry.

Jubilant students of the Gian Jyoti Institute of Management and Technology at their convocation in Mohali on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Dharna by teachers' body
Chandigarh, April 19
The DAV College teaching and non-teaching union held a dharna today in front of the principal’s office as a part of their ongoing struggle to get statutory provisions of the Panjab University calendar implemented with respect to encashment of earned leave and provident fund on total salary.

 
CULTURE

Artists seek space to display works
An artist explains her work to a visitor at an exhibition in Sector 15, Panchkula, on Thursday. Panchkula, April 19
The Unique Society of Artists, a renowned association of artists of the region, organised a painting workshop-cum- exhibition at Bal Bhavan, Sector 15, here today. The event, which saw the participation from 15 artists, concluded today.

An artist explains her work to a visitor at an exhibition in Sector 15, Panchkula, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

HEALTH

Free diagnostic facilities at health mela
Chandigarh April 19
Free diagnostic facilities will be made available to patients at medical checkup camp during the health mela being organised under the National Rural Health Mission at Dhanas village, near here, tomorrow.

Making PGI people-friendly
Chandigarh, April 19
Amidst brouhaha over overcrowded OPDs and Emergency services and long waiting list of surgeries, the PGI authorities have decided to hold a talk on ‘making PGI Emergency more people-friendly’ here on Saturday.

 
SPORTS

Twenty20 cricket tourney
India ‘A’ trounce Uttar Pradesh
A match in progress at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, in Chandigarh on Thursday. Chandigarh, April 19
An unbeaten partnership of 203 runs between Harpreet Athwal and Shubhang Mayak for the first wicket enabled the India ‘A’ team to thrash Uttar Pradesh by 138 runs in the opening match of the Twenty20 (under-19) cricket tournament at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium here today.

A match in progress at the Cricket Stadium, Sector 16, in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Parents and sportspersons hold a protest in front of the SAI training centre in Chandigarh on Thursday. Training centre: Players start protest
Chandigarh, April 19
Agitated players at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) training centre at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18, skipped their meals today in protest against the orders of the Chandigarh Administration asking them to vacate the premises.

Parents and sportspersons hold a protest in front of the SAI training centre in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Saurabh, Sumeet fashion Mohali’s win
Saurabh Chopra Mohali, April 19
A fine all-round performance by off-spinner Sumeet Agnihotri (7 wickets for 39 runs and 42 runs) enabled Mohali XI to beat Jalandhar XI on the basis of their first innings lead in the u-15 league match of Punjab Inter-District Cricket Tournament for the Sushil Bali Trophy at PCA Stadium here today.

Chandigarh clinch match on first innings lead
Chandigarh, April 19
Chandigarh District won its match against Amritsar on the basis of their first innings lead in the Punjab State Inter-District u-15 match at Gandhi Grounds at Amritsar  here today.

ADMINISTRATION

Estate office uploads 3,000 case files
Chandigarh, April 19
Inching towards speedy disposal of cases and faster inter-departmental communication, the UT estate office has computerised complete details of 3,000 files of residential, commercial and industrial properties in the city.

Resignation accepted
Chandigarh, April 19
The district administration has accepted the resignation of Chandigarh market committee chairman Anand Singh. On official brief said he had resigned from the post owing to domestic problems.


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