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Congress intra-party feud gets dirty
Zila parishad chief voted out

Panchkula, May 30
Zila Parishad chief Varinder Singh Bhau was ousted following a no-confidence motion amidst tension and heavy police deployment at the district secretariat here today. Election of the new president, however, was stayed after Bhau moved the sessions court and obtained a stay.
Varinder Singh Bhau (centre) and his supporters raise slogans outside the district secretariat in Panchkula Varinder Singh Bhau (centre) and his supporters raise slogans outside the district secretariat in Panchkula on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

Ankit 6th, Ravneet 9th in JEE merit list
Chandigarh, May 30
Ankit Garg and Ravneet Singh from the city are among the first ten toppers in the All-India Joint Entrance Examinations conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology.

Ankit           Ravneet

Environment studies lose sheen
Teaching hours cut
Chandigarh, May 30
Panjab University has reduced the teaching hours for environment studies in its affiliated colleges and undergraduate departments from 25 to 10. The decision was given the nod by the senate at it last meeting.

HC halts allotment of booths in Sec-15
Chandigarh, May 30
The administration’s move to rehabilitate sellers of old books in Sector 15 has caused resentment as it contravenes the city’s master plan and zoning plan, which prohibit provision of commercial spaces in green belts.


Driver found murdered
Panchkula, May 30
Twentyeight-year-old Narinder, a resident of Phase VII, Mohali, was found murdered at White House in Pinjore here today. A driver, Narinder had stayed for the night at the house of his employer where two families of servants permanently stay.

No Tobacco Day Today
Tobacco adds lung cancer patients every minute
Chandigarh, May 30
India coughs up lung cancer patients every minute. It may leave you short of breath, but statistics show over 19 patients are diagnosed with cancer of lungs and bronchi every 60 minutes in the country. In fact, on an average over 90,000 men and 79,000 women are diagnosed with the problem every year.


MC meeting likely to be stormy
Chandigarh, May 30
Councillors are likely to lock horns with senior officials of the corporation during the house meeting tomorrow to register their protest against the ‘adamant attitude’ of MC officials, who allegedly do not pay heed to issues raised by the elected representatives.

MC officials remove illegal dhaba
Mohali, May 30
The enforcement wing of the local Municipal Council got an encroachment from a green belt removed in Phase VII of the Industrial Area here today even when it had to face a strong protest.

Obsolete radars guide IAF
Chandigarh, May 30
Over 10 years after its surveillance radars became obsolete, the IAF is still awaiting new radars for its airfields. Considerable delay in acquisition of critical air surveillance radars worth about Rs 585 crore has placed the IAF at an operational disadvantage.

Army takes J&K kids on tour
Chandigarh, May 30
As a part of the ongoing efforts to win the hearts and minds of the locals, 30 Rashtriya Rifles had organised a tour, “Wadi ki Sair” for students of Rajwar, Rambal and Qaziabad regions of Jammu and Kashmir.

Medi City
Take us into confidence, say villagers
Chandigarh, May 30
Reacting to the proposed move by the administration to set up a medi city in Makhan Majra village, sarpanches of villages have asserted that the administration should take farm land owners into confidence before planning any project.

Goods worth Rs 25 lakh gutted
Panchkula, May 30
Goods worth Rs 25 lakh were gutted in a fire that broke out in three shops of scrap dealers at Maddawala in Pinjore, here, today. The three shops were the main players in the scrap business and got scrap from all industries in Baddi, HMT, Baritiwala, Panchkula and Chandigarh.

Firing on Gujjars condemned
Chandigarh, May 30
The Gujjar Samaj Kalyan Parishad, at a meeting held at Gujjar Bhavan, Sector 28, here today, condemned the action of the Rajasthan police against the peaceful agitation by members of the community.


Three killed in road accidents
Panchkula, May 30
Three persons died in two separate accidents in the city today. While two motorcycle-borne youth died after a tanker hit them on the highway from Chandimandir to Panchkula, an 83-years-old man died after he failed to properly grip the handle of a seat while trying to get on a bus.

Employee dupes petrol station of Rs 70,000
Chandigarh, May 30
An accountant of a Sector 44-based petrol station has allegedly duped his employer of Rs 70,000. The police said A. Kumar Verma, manager of Shiva Filling Station, Sector 44, lodged a complaint alleging that Paras Jain, an accountant working at the petrol station, took away Rs 70,000 which he had recovered from a customer on May 16.

Mining officer held for graft
Panchkula, May 30
Mining officer Ajay Godara was caught red-handed while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 at his office in Nahan Kothi, here, today. He was nabbed by officials of the flying squad of the DGP, led by DSP Rajesh Duggal.

Lawyer booked for kidnapping girl
Chandigarh, May 30
The local police booked a junior advocate at the Punjab and Haryana High Court on allegations of kidnapping a girl from Sector 22. The victim’s father had lodged a complaint yesterday, alleging that Himmat Singh had kidnapped his daughter.

Drunk officer detained
Chandigarh, May 30
Diwan Kanwar, administrative officer with the Swami Vivekananda Institute of Engineering and Technology, Banur, was detained by the Patiala police following allegations of disruptive and unruly behaviour by the college authorities.

Sub-inspector surrenders
Chandigarh, May 30
Absconding sub-inspector Sukhdweep Singh of the Chandigarh police surrendered before the CBI late this evening. Sukhdweep Singh had been absconding for almost two weeks after the CBI registered a case against him on a charge of taking a bribe of Rs 12,000 from a Sector 34-based travel agency.


Hafed to market ‘desi’ wheat
Chandigarh, May 30
Trying to cash in on the craze for ‘desi’ wheat (C-306) amongst the health conscious, Hafed has for the first time entered into contract farming of ‘desi’ wheat. It will market this wheat under the Hafed brand name.

Australia wants stronger trade ties
Chandigarh, May 30
India is on the path of becoming a major economic power and Australia recognises and accords a special focus on Indian economy. This was stated by Michael Carter, trade commissioner, Australian Trade Commission, while addressing industry representatives at an interactive session on "Indo-Australian Business Forum" organised by CII, Northern Region, here today.

Michael Carter
Michael Carter


Be futuristic, JNU VC tells banks
Chandigarh, May 30
In this era of globalisation, banks will have to learn risk-taking and get into venture capital funding. The Indian banking sector has a tremendous potential for globalisation, and though banks are not lacking in competitiveness, they have to learn to be futuristic in taking risks.

Kids learn cartoon-making
Chandigarh, May 30
As a part of the reading mission programme initiated this month, The British Library, Sector 9, started its second workshop of the series this morning. While the first session comprised of painting and colouring for little ones between four and eight years, the second workshop was on cartoon making and clay modelling techniques for children between nine and 12 years.

Malayalam lessons for students
Mohali, May 30
In a unique effort to make the best of the summer vacations, a special “Malayalam” language learning class for school students was inaugurated here on Monday at the Kerala Bhawan, Sector 65, under the auspices of the Malayalee Samajam, Mohali, a voluntary socio-cultural organisation.


Rape Case
Judicial remand for industrialist
Chandigarh, May 30
A local court today remanded Narinder Singh, director of the Ludhiana-based M/s Frontier Cycle Industries and accused of raping a 24-year-old Ropar resident on the pretext of getting her a job, to judicial custody.

Film City Case
Hearing adjourned to July 19
Chandigarh, May 30
The Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday adjourned the hearing on a petition related to the film city project to July 19. The petition, titled KRVL Ltd vs UT administration, had been filed to challenge the award of the film city contract to Parsvnath Developers.

HC to pay bar body’s power bills
Chandigarh, May 30
Registrar-General of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Ram Chand Gupta today submitted an affidavit before the court, stating that the High Court Bar Association was an integral part of the High Court.


Flute, shehnai spell magic at Tagore
Chandigarh, May 30
A two-day festival of Indian classical music got off to a majestic start with the mesmerising spells of flute and shehnai recital by globe-trotting flute maestro Rajendra Parsanna at Tagore theatre, here, today. The musical soiree was organised by the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi in association with the department of public and cultural relations, Haryana.

Rajendra Parsanna
Rajendra Parsanna


Canadian doc brings hope for HIV+

Chandigarh, May 30
More medications are available for patients infected with HIV positive than ever before and two new classes of drugs have been added to the armamentarium. Now, patients who have failed the first three lines of drugs can be offered newer therapies as a result which patients in Canada have benefited immensely.
Dr Chris Tsoukas

Dr Chris Tsoukas

Cash assistance for SC/ST women
Chandigarh, May 30
In order to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rate in the UT, a scheme for the poor and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe families has been launched by the administration. Under the scheme, cash assistance will be provided to women under updated features of the Janani Suraksha Yojna.

Talwar felicitated
Chandigarh, May 30
Prof K.K. Talwar, director, PGI, was awarded an oration by the Kuwait Medical Association and Indian Doctors Forum, Farwaniya on May 27. Professor Talwar was felicitated by M. Ganapathi, ambassador of India to Kuwait, and Dr Abdul Aziz Al-Anezi, president, Kuwait Medical Association.


Sunil, Tushar in tennis quarter-finals

Chandigarh, May 30
Local CLTA trainees Sunil Kumar Sipaeya and wild card Tushar Liberhan moved into the quarterfinals in the ongoing SAIL $10,000+Hospitality ITF Men's Futures Tennis Tournament at the CLTA Stadium, Sector 10, here today.

Sunil Sipaeya in action during a second-round match of the ITF Tournament at the CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Sunil Sipaeya in action during a second-round match of the ITF Tournament at the CLTA, Sector 10, Chandigarh

Golf Club opens greens to non-members

Chandigarh, May 30
For the first time, 14 non-members - eight boys and six girls - from Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula converged on the greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club for a six-day coaching camp organised to tap talent in the 7-14 age group.

Coach Ajay Gujral gives basic golf training to young non-members at the Chandigarh Golf CLub. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Coach Ajay Gujral gives basic golf training to young non-members at the Chandigarh Golf CLub

Tips on hard pitches
Mohali, May 30
On the second day of Curators’ Conclave, Punjab Cricket Association curator Daljeet Singh gave tips to participants on preparing and maintaining top-class pitches. The conclave is under way at PCA Stadium, Phase X here.

Curators get tips on hard and bouncy pitches during a seminar at PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Curators get tips on hard and bouncy pitches during a seminar at PCA Stadium, Mohali

Cricket trials on June 2
Chandigarh, May 30
Trials to select the Chandigarh u-19 cricket team will be held on June 2 at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19. According to Surinder Singh Baijee, general secretary, Chandigarh Cricket Association, players born on or after September 1, 1988, are eligible to participate.

Cricket tourney at St John’s
Chandigarh, May 30
Edmund Rice Cricket Academy is organising the first Challenger Trophy Cricket Tournament from June 12 at St John’s school grounds. Players born after January 1, 1996, and up to Class VI are eligible to participate.


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