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Janata Colony issue takes political hue
Fiery speeches at protest rally
Main demands: Cancel cases against innocent; suspend SDM
Mohali, May 5
Tension prevailed in Janata Colony in Nayagaon area, even as a rally was held today in protest against the alleged brutality by the Chandigarh police against residents of the colony three days ago.

Under secy fined Rs 25,000
Chandigarh, May 5
The Central Information Commission(CIC) has fined Satya Thakar, under secretary(Home), Chandigarh administration, a sum of Rs 25,000 on account of delay in providing information to a local resident under the Right to Information Act. In another case recently, Uma Shankar Sharma AC (F and A) in the estate office was also fined Rs 25,000 for not providing information on time.

Priyanka is Class XII topper
Panchkula, May 5
Prinyaka, a student of Sarthak Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 12-A, topped the Class XII Senior Secondary examination in the district, scoring 90.8 per cent marks, here today. She has also topped the in the science stream in the district.

10 months gone, no mid-day meals here
Chandigarh, May 5
At least 40 students of a school, run under the education guarantee scheme (EGS) in Tandi village, near Nayagoan, have not been served their mid-day meal for the last 10 months.


When VC Sobti nearly drowned
Chandigarh, May 5
Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof R.C. Sobti didn’t know what he was getting into when he jumped into the swimming pool out of sheer enthusiasm after inaugurating the same at the campus here today.

Games People Play
Fake theft of car, try selling it
Chandigarh, May 5
They were caught in their own game. A Burail resident along with his three accomplices allegedly faked theft of his vehicle and was nabbed while trying to sell it to a dealer in the Industrial Area after forging its fake registration certificate (RC).

Pardeep Rathore (left) and his accomplice in police custody for faking a car theft in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Pardeep Rathore (left) and his accomplice in police custody for faking a car theft in Chandigarh.

Live wire on road kills milkman
Mullanpur, May 5
Thirty-year-old Lajja Ram from Naggal was electrocuted by a high-tension live wire over which he tripped on his way back home last night. Lajja Ram, a milk supplier and nephew of Naggal village sarpanch, was returning from Chandigarh to Naggal when his bike came in contact with the wire in the middle of the link road connecting Parol and Naggal.

Ammo Scam
National security compromised: Defence
Chandigarh, May 5
The defence in the general court martial (GCM) trying a colonel for alleged misappropriation of ammunition today contended that national security was compromised by the commander of an artillery brigade by taking a secret map on record of the court of inquiry proceedings.

Makes forays into the world of films
Harpal Tiwana Foundation goes international
Chandigarh, May 5
The Harpal Tiwana Foundation has gone international with the opening of two branches in Canada. Based in Toronto, the new branches will work towards the promotion of Punjabi theatre abroad.

Manpal Tiwana
Manpal Tiwana


A man enjoys canoeing at Sukhna Lake.
A man enjoys canoeing at Sukhna Lake. The mercury further rose in many parts of the north on Saturday, with Hisar recording 42.4°C, the hottest in Haryana. Ditto in Punjab where Patiala with 39.6°C was the hottest, followed by Ludhiana and Amritsar. In Chandigarh, it was 38°C. — Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Experts to study viability of monorail
Chandigarh, May 5
The ministry of urban affairs has decided to constitute an expert committee which will see the viability of the monorail project in the city before the final recommendation.

PGI staff not to go on mass casual leave
Chandigarh, May 5
The OT Technical Staff Association of PGI has decided to withdraw its call for mass casual leave on Monday after the administration agreed to constitute a five-member committee to look into their demands with the Union ministry of health and family welfare, here today.

Sec 24-D shopkeepers irked over lack of amenities
Chandigarh, May 5
Unending wait for basic amenities in the Sector 24-D market has led to widespread resentment among the shopkeepers. After having managed without water taps, streetlights and proper parking places for years together, the shopkeepers have now have started to vent their ire.

Development plan for Industrial Area approved
Chandigarh, May 5
With the aim to provide more infrastructure in the Industrial Area, the Empowered Committee of the UT administration today approved a conceptual plan for the development of Phase I and II.

City residents to promote tourism
Chandigarh, May 5
Chandigarh Tourism conducted an orientation programme for volunteers at the Dr Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, here today, to promote the city as a tourist destination.

Senior cops hear citizens’ grievances
Chandigarh, May 5
As a part of the Citizen Police Interface Programme, top brass of the Chandigarh police today lent their ears to the grievances of city residents in two functions held at Sector 10, DAV College and at Law Bhavan in Sector 37.

UT IGP S.K. Jain and SSP Gaurav Yadav at a Citizen-Police Interface Programme at DAV College in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
UT IGP S.K. Jain and SSP Gaurav Yadav at a Citizen-Police Interface Programme at DAV College in Sector 15, Chandigarh.

UT gifts music, books to Burail jail inmates
Chandigarh, May 5
The Burail Jail is all poised for a musical makeover. The UT Education Department has taken a novel initiative of introducing music education in the jail aimed at ensuring personality and emotional development of the inmates.

Residents of Ward No. 13 voice demands
Chandigarh, May 5
The committee of Ward No. 13 today held its meeting in the community centre of Sector 33, where various problems being faced by the residents were discussed.

100 attend AA meeting
Chandigarh, May 5
Over 100 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) members and their families gathered from all over North India to celebrate 50 years of its functioning. The function was held at Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, here, today.

Fire in Sector 22-B office
Chandigarh, May 5
Office equipments and furniture worth thousands of rupees were destroyed in a fire that broke out in SCOs 1,104 and 1,105, the office of a private advertising and marking firm in Sector 22 B, this morning.


GM unveils Spark in city
Chandigarh, May 5
General Motors India today launched Chevrolet Spark at a function held here today.


Six-week training programme for teachers
Chandigarh, May 5
To build a culture of peace, harmony, tolerance and justice, the Chandigarh Education Department in association with the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundation of Education of NCERT, is organising a six-week training programme for teachers from June 4 to July 13, at NCERT office, New Delhi.

Modified transfer policy for govt school teachers
Chandigarh, May 5
The Chandigarh Education Department has devised a new modified transfer policy for the teachers of Government Schools of the city.

Special focus on special children
Chandigarh, May 5
To bring the mentally challenged, the deaf and dumb and underprivileged children from alternative educational institutions to the mainstream, the Chandigarh Education Department is taking initiatives under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan.

Placement drive at engg college
Mohali, May 5
As many as 20 International and national companies visited Indo Global Engineering College Mega Placement Fair organised in association with Catalyst Consultants at their premises in Abhipur, near, here, today.

Manju tops NTT exam
Chandigarh, May 5
Manju Chauhan topped with 195/200 marks in Semester III getting 97.5 per cent in Chandigarh while Upasana topped with 188/200 marks getting 94 per cent in the Nursery Teachers’ Training exams for Semester-I and III declared by the Education Department, here, today.

Sonia gets best coordinator award
Panchkula, May 5
Sonia Sikand, coordinator of Manav Mangal School, Sector 11, received the ‘Best Coordinator Award’ for the ninth National Science Olympiad conducted by Science Olympiad Foundation at a function held at Chinmaya Centre of world understanding, in New Delhi, on May 2.

Art workshop opens at Government College
Panchkula, May 5
Deputy commissioner Neerja Shekhar today inaugurated a 10-day terracotta and doll-making workshop at Government College, Sector 1, here, today.

From Schools
TRAINING CAMPAIGN: As a part of the ongoing Campaign for Peace-cities, a two-day Training Programme for Teachers-in-charge of various Peace Clubs was organised jointly by KB DAV-7 and YUVSATTA, at the Sector 7 school premises, here, today. The programme was attended by the teacher from 40 different Schools of the city participated in the programme.

Students of KV-47, perform cultural items at their annual prize distribution function held at school premises on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Students of KV-47, perform cultural items at their annual prize distribution function held at school premises.



Gaganjit Case
Court asks for video of victim’s statement
Chandigarh, May 5
In a high-profile rape case involving former MLA of the SAD from Dhuri Gaganjit Singh Barnala, additional district and session judge Ravi Kumar today directed the prosecution to provide a copy of the video recording in which the victim had named the MLA as the accused.

Lottery scam case arguments concluded
Chandigarh, May 5
Arguments in an alleged lottery scam case involving Punjab-cadre IAS officer B.R. Bajaj, concluded today.

Rs 9.93 lakh relief for mishap victim
Panchkula, May 5
A compensation of Rs 9.93 lakh was awarded by the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal in an accident case here today. M.M. Sharma of the tribunal directed the United Insurance of India, Kaithal, and Basant Petroleum to pay the compensation to Yogesh Sharma, wife of Ram Murti Sharma, by June 9, failing which the tribunal would attach their respective properties.


‘Yeh Aasmaan... Life’s Beautiful’ at Art Gallery
Chandigarh, May 5
His pictures are his ode to the myriad wonders of the skies above for amateur photographer Vikram Bansal truly believes, “the sky is the eloquent mirror God’s creativity.” A belief that finds root in Vikram’s first exhibition of photographs, ‘Yeh Aasmaan…Life’s Beautiful’ inaugurated by Pawan Kumar Bansal Minister of State for Finance, at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, in the city today.

Ballet on Shiv Kumar at Plaza Carnival
Chandigarh, May 5
The weekly plaza carnival at the Sector 17 plaza turned a new leaf in its history with the celebration of the free spirit of the legendary poet, Shiv Kumar Batalvi. To commemorate the birth anniversary of the Punjabi poet, Punjab Arts International presented ‘Birah Da Sultan-Shiv Batalvi’ a ballet on his life, love and poetry at the carnival today under the direction of Narinder Nindi.
Artistes perform during ‘Birah Da Sultan-Shiv Batalvi’ at the Plaza Carnival in Chandigarh on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik.
Artistes perform during ‘Birah Da Sultan-Shiv Batalvi’ at the Plaza Carnival in Chandigarh.


Live workshop on spine surgeries
Chandigarh, May 5
There is an acute shortage of spine surgeons and neurosurgeons dedicated for spine surgery looking at the quantum of work. This was stated by prof V.K. Kak, neurosurgeon and former professor and head, Department of Neurosurgery, PGIMER, Chandigarh, today.


Anadit Joshi is billiards champion
Chandigarh, May 5
Anadit Joshi thrashed P Sachdev 153-64 in the 150 points match of first round in the ongoing Sixth Saurabh Khattar Memorial Biliards and Snooker Championship at Chandigarh Club, Sector 1 here today.

The cueist Vishal Gupta aims his shot at saurabh Khattar memorial billiards and snooker tournament at Chandigarh Club here on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan.
The cueist Vishal Gupta aims his shot at saurabh Khattar memorial billiards and snooker tournament at Chandigarh Club.

Sumit wins Carrom tournament
Panchkula, May 5
Sumit Garg emerged winner in Men’s singles (1st round) 25-02, while Tanya Sharma beat Grace 04-00 and Akanksha beat Ashu 16-00 in girls’ junior category on the opening day of 3 rd R.K. Babuta Memorial Prize Money

Under-14 selection for CCA soon
Chandigarh, May 5
As the second week of May has arrived, the process of spotting and recruiting junior boys for the state-run Chandigarh Cricket Academy (CCA) for Under 14 will be commencing shortly.

Badminton lovers in for a treat
Chandigarh, May 5
The city badminton enthusiasts are in for a special treat as the Panjab University (PU) has decided to open its top class indoor badminton hall for 10 hours a day from May 7.

PU swimming pools open for 14 hours daily
Chandigarh, May 5
The swimming pool of Panjab University (PU) was inaugurated by vice-chancellor professor R.C. Sobti at the university’s premises, here, today.

Vice-Chancellor professor R.C. Sobti takes a dip in a swimming pool at Punjab University after inaugurating it at the university’s premises, in Chandigarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Vice-Chancellor professor R.C. Sobti takes a dip in a swimming pool at Punjab University after inaugurating it at the university’s premises, in Chandigarh.

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