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Administration books eight land owners
They had planned dharna in Delhi for May 22
Chandigarh, May 18
In a surprise move, the district administration today booked eight land owners who had carved out and sold plots in Shastri Nagar adjacent to Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park, Mani Majra.

CBI nabs head constable for graft
Chandigarh, May 18
The CBI today registered a case against two Chandigarh Police personnel on the charge of accepting a bribe of Rs 12,000 from a Sector 34-based travel agency. The CBI team, led by DSP Karnail Singh, arrested head constable Iqbal Singh. Sub Inspector Sukhdweep Singh has absconded.

Iqbal Singh
Iqbal Singh

Dera chief’s effigy burnt
Chandigarh, May 18
Brandishing swords and spears, the Sikh sangat lodged a strong but peaceful protest against Dera Sacha Sauda, the UPA government and the Congress for over an hour at the Sector 17 Plaza here today.
Sikh activists burn the effigy of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief at a protest in Sector 17 in Chandigarh Vigil up in Mohali


Sikh activists burn the effigy of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief at a protest in Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Friday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan





EARLIER STORIES

After AP blast, security up at shrines
Chandigarh, May 18
Following the blast at Hyderabad, the Chandigarh Police has been put on high alert. Security has been beefed up at all religious places in the city. DSP S.S. Randhawa said all station house officerss had been directed to depute personnel at sensitive points and to keep a watch on lumpen elements.

UT has no money to fight mosquitoes
Chandigarh, May 18
The Chandigarh administration has no provision for fighting mosquitoes. The only option for the residents is to keep their surrounding free of conditions which lead to the breeding of the insect. The mosquito found in the city is culex. It breed in stagnant waters and in the last few years, this mosquito has had habitatation aplenty in the city. H C Gera, anti-malaria officer said water leakages in government flats, water pools in labour colonies.


Cinema as a bridge between nations  

Chandigarh, May 18
The conference on “Disunited Nations: Cinema beyond the Nation-State”, which concluded at the University of Birmingham recently, had a strong Asian participation. Among the few researchers from Asia, West Asia, Australia and the UK, who met to discuss the increasingly international role of cinema, was Indu Bala Singh from Chandigarh.

UN owes $ 230m to Indian peacekeepers
Chandigarh, May 18
The United Nations owes about $ 230 million to India, one of the largest contributor of troops, for deployment of armed forces personnel on peacekeeping operations undertaken by the world body in volatile and strife-ridden areas.


Indu Bala Singh
Indu Bala Singh

COMMUNITY

Realty Bites
Haphazard growth dogs Zirakpur
Zirakpur, May 18
One of the major contributors to the state exchequer, the godown area on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur road, is headed for a development disaster in the wake of haphazard development and apathetic attitude of the Zirakpur Nagar Panchayat.

Major snarl-up on Industrial Area road
Chandigarh, May 18
Commuters coming from the railway station were stranded for over an hour on the road that cuts through Industrial Area following a major snarl-up that locked the entire stream of traffic here this evening.

A traffic jam near the CTU workshop in Industrial Area, phase 1, on Friday evening.
— Tribune photo by Malkit Singh
A traffic jam near the CTU workshop in Industrial Area, phase 1, on Friday evening

Spam calls continue despite TRAI orders
Chandigarh, May 18
In spite of repeated guidelines issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, there seems to be no end to spam calls on the cellphone. The change, if any, has been that the spam calls have been replaced by spam voice messages. From cell phone operators to banks, insurance companies to beauty salons, immigration consultants to coaching centres; all seem to scoff the TRAI guidelines with impunity.

Mobile tower damages wall
Mohali, May 18
A resident of Phase II here has demanded that the authorities concerned should get a tower, belonging to telecom operator Hutch, removed that had been installed on the roof of a three-storeyed house, as it was causing damage to his building. Dr Madan Lal Kaushal complained that a huge tower installed along with heavy generator sets on the common wall of the building was creating vibrations that had allegedly caused cracks in the walls of his house.
Dr Madan Lal Kaushal of Mohali points towards a crack developed in the wall of his house due to the installation of a mobile tower (inset) on the top of a neighbouring building. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
Dr Madan Lal Kaushal of Mohali points towards a crack developed in the wall of his house due to the installation of a mobile tower (inset) on the top of a neighbouring building

Human Trafficking
Check agency’s credentials, says WWICS chief
Mohali, May 18
World Wide Immigration and Consultancy Services has launched an awareness drive to educate people against illegal human trafficking. Addressing a press conference here today WWICS CMD Lieut-Col B.S. Sandhu (retd) said firstly it was important to understand one’s qualifications and grounds on which immigration, resettlement, work permit or any such relocation was sought.


Lieut-Col B.S. Sandhu (retd)
Lieut-Col B.S. Sandhu (retd)

Patiala ki Rao shot down by apathy
Chandigarh, May 18
The lone shooting range of the city, Patiala ki Rao, at Sector 25 is in a virtual shambles. Wild growth, broken target machines, stray animals, pigeon droppings, stinking toilet, etc. welcome the shooters and visitors alike.
PICTURES OF NEGLECT: Wild growth reflects the apathy of the authorities towards Patiala ki Rao, Chandigarh PICTURES OF NEGLECT: Wild growth reflects the apathy of the authorities towards Patiala ki Rao, Chandigarh

PICTURES OF NEGLECT: Wild growth reflects the apathy of the authorities towards Patiala ki Rao, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

Plea on Kerala Sampark Kranti
Chandigarh, May 18
The Malayalee Samajam of the region has requested the union railway ministry to run the Kerala Sampark Kranti Express (2653/2654) twice instead of once a week. In a statement here today, the samajam, an NGO working for welfare of the Malayalees residing in the region, thanked the union government for introducing the train.

Infrastructure panel set up
Chandigarh, May 18
The Chandigarh administration has constituted the Infrastructure Advisory Committee under the chairmanship of UT home secretary Krishna Mohan for advice on utilisation of funds received under the conversion policy.

MC mulls extending limits
Mohali, May 18
The Municipal Council proposes to extend its jurisdiction by including four residential sectors, two industrial sectors and three villages within its limits. The proposal will be discussed by the House at its monthly meeting to be held next week.

Himalayan Eagles to celebrate raising day
Chandigarh, May 18
Himalayan Eagles, a squadron of the Indian Air Force that serves as a lifeline to Ladakh and Siachen sector in Jammu and Kashmir, is set to celebrate its 44th raising day tomorrow.

 
CRIME

Man duped of Rs 8 lakh, 1 booked
Chandigarh, May 18
The local police has booked a Sector 20 resident for duping a man of Rs 8 lakh on the pretext of selling him a house. Sources in the economic offences wing of the Chandigarh police said Sukhwinder Singh of Sector 46 lodged a complaint alleging that Subhash Suri of Sector 20 had taken Rs 8 lakh from him as token money to sell his house.

Man beaten up by landlord
Chandigarh, May 18
At least one person was injured in what seemed to be a fight between a landlord and a tenant here in Sector 8. According to the SHO of the Sector 3 police station Ram Gopal, the fight took place when the tenant, Jeevandeep Singh, went to the house to collect his security from his landlord Paramjit Singh.

 
BUSINESS

AC fish market still a distant dream
Chandigarh, May 18
The UT administration proposal to construct an air-conditioned fish market in Sector 41, which was to come up within a stipulated time span, has been hanging fire. Nothing concrete has been initiated in this regard so far. The fish market was expected to be completed by June-end.

 
EDUCATION

AICTE allows extension of MFA
Chandigarh, May 18
The All-India Council for Technical Education has granted approval for the continuation of MFA (masters of fine arts) course at Government College of Art, Sector 10, for the 2007-2008 session. In an official communication received by the office of secretary, education, UT, the council has allowed the extension of the much-sought-after MFA course at the college.

DAV teachers hold protest rally
Chandigarh, May 18
A protest rally was held at MCM DAV College, Sector 10, by employees of MCM and DAV colleges in support of their demands for the implementation of deduction of provident fund on total salary and encashment of earned leave, here today.

Remove encroachments, VC asks dons
Chandigarh, May 18
Panjab University vice-chancellor R.C. Sobti today asked the university’s teaching staff to remove encroachments outside their houses on the campus. Professor Sobti was holding an informal meeting with the university faculty on the eve of the beginning of the summer vacation tomorrow.

Nightingale award for Madhu Puri
Chandigarh, May 18
Chief nursing officer at Spinal Injury Centre, Mohali, Madhu Puri has been awarded the Florence Nightingale National Award. Puri was among the 17 awardees from across the country to receive the award from President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on the International Nurses Day on May 12 at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi.

Exhibition by students
Chandigarh, May 18
A two-day exhibition-cum-sale of garments is being held at Panchayat Bhawan, Sector 18, here. The items have been prepared by the students of fashion designing and clothing, textile designing, and printing during a 45-day ‘On-the-Job-Training’ workshop held at their school.

COURTS

No discrepancy in bar poll: Panel
Chandigarh, May 18
The election committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association, headed by R.S.Cheema and co-chaired by M.L.Sarin and S.D. Sharma, today handed over the charge to the newly elected executive committee through Onkar Singh Batalvi, secretary of bar association.

Displacement: UT gets notice on alternative sites
Chandigarh, May 18
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice to the Chandigarh Administration on a petition seeking directions to the administration to allot alternative sites/accommodation to jhuggi dwellers before dislodging them from Palsora Colony.

SI Sekhon Case
Rights panel seeks record of cell calls
Chandigarh, May 18
In another twist to the alleged sexual harassment case of SI Paramjit Kaur Sekhon, Lawyers for Human Rights International today moved an application in the court of civil judge (junior division) RK Bhankar, seeking that the record of mobile calls of persons involved in the case be summoned.

 
HEALTH

80 senior citizens examined at medical camp
Chandigarh, May 18
More than 80 persons availed of the facilities at a free medical camp for senior citizens organised by the Senior Citizens Welfare Association (Greater Chandigarh) at Community Centre, Sector 15, here yesterday.

 
SPORTS

Hot Weather Cricket
22 entries received
Chandigarh, May 18
Twenty-two teams have so far confirmed their entries for participation in the one-month-long Chandigarh Hot Weather Open Cricket Tournament from May 27 at the cricket stadium, Sector 16. The Chandigarh Sports Department is conducting the tournament and the organising committee today reviewed the arrangements for the tournament.

Thirty Overs Cricket
Selection trials on May 20
Panchkula, May 17
Selection trials for Haryana thirty overs cricket team for boys will be held on May 20 at 9 am at St Soldier’s Divine Public School, Sector 16, Panchkula. The selected team will participate in the All-India Thirty Overs Cricket Tournament at Hoshiarpur (Punjab) from June 2 to 10.

Arshdeep guides Mohali to 179
Chandigarh, May 18
Masterful 69 runs by Arshdeep Brar and good knocks by Kunal Mahajan (39) and Harpreet (24) helped Mohali muster 179 runs in 84 overs against Chandigarh in the first innings of the semifinal match of the Punjab State Under-17 Years Tournament for ML Markan Trophy 2007-2008 at the cricket stadium, Sector 16, today. After winning the toss, Mohali decided to bat first. Some accurate bowling by Chandigarh’s Rahul Chara and Anshul Tripathi restricted the Mohali score to 179 runs in 84 overs.

A spinner in action during the semifinal tie between Mohali and Chandigarh of the Punjab State Under-17 Years Tournament at the cricket stadium, Sector 16, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

A spinner in action during the semifinal tie between Mohali and Chandigarh of the Punjab State Under-17 Years Tournament at the cricket stadium, Sector 16

Hockey
Rock Rovers, AI register wins
Chandigarh, May 18
A hat trick by international player Deepak Thakur, supported by Satwinder Singh, helped the local Rock Rovers beat the CISF by two goals (12-10) in the ongoing 5th Olympian Dharam Singh Memorial Six-a-Side Hockey Tournament 2007 at the hockey stadium, Sector 18, today.

A match between Rock Rovers and the CISF in progress at the hockey stadium, Sector 18, Chandigarh
A match between Rock Rovers and the CISF in progress at the hockey stadium, Sector 18, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Grooming on the greens
Chandigarh, May 18
Ekam Aneja is barely four. He turns five on July 29. Yet he is all set to take on the greens under the watchful eyes of coach Ajay Gujral. Ekam is one of the 13 under-12 boys and girls undergoing golf training at the Chandigarh Golf Club.

Coach Ajay Gujral gives a driving tip to four-year-old Ekam as other under-12 trainees watch at the Chandigarh Golf Club training camp on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan


Coach Ajay Gujral gives a driving tip to four-year-old Ekam as other under-12 trainees watch at the Chandigarh Golf Club training camp

CLTA coaching camp for children
Chandigarh, May 18
The Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association will hold a 10-day coaching camp for boys and girls from May 22 to 31 at the CLTA stadium in Sector 10 here. According to CLTA general manager Wg Cdr Surjit Singh (retd), 20 boys and girls will be divided into two groups.


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