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First pre-monsoon showers
Not down the drain
Chandigarh, June 13
After a long sultry spell, the skies opened up last night, providing the sun-scorched city denizens with the much-needed cool respite.
A water-logged dividing road between Sectors 33 and 45, following the first pre-monsoon showers, tells the tale of the UT administration’s lack of preparedness to handle the ensuing monsoon. A water-logged dividing road between Sectors 33 and 45, following the first pre-monsoon showers, tells the tale of the UT administration’s lack of preparedness to handle the ensuing monsoon. — A Tribune photograph 

Sleepless in City, courtesy power cuts
Chandigarh, June 13
City residents continues to suffer unscheduled power cuts that, too, at odd hours. Even sporadic showers have not lessened their problem as the UT electricity department is resorting to unscheduled rotational cuts because of power shortage.

PU students clash, one in PGI
SOPU chief among 12 booked
Chandigarh, June 13
With the admission season barely taking off at Panjab University, student organisations are already at each others’ throats.

No Frills Cheap Thrills
Air Deccan passengers left stranded
Chandigarh, June 13
Passengers of the no-frill carrier Air Deccan flight from New Delhi to Jammu were harassed today, when the aircraft after a four-hour halt in the city, had to head back to New Delhi, with many of its passengers making their own arrangements to reach Jammu.







EARLIER STORIES

Death of NCC Cadets
Education institutes’ role under scanner
Chandigarh, June 13
The recent death of two NCC cadets who had attended summer adventure camps in hills has raised concern over the role of education institutions in ensuring medical fitness of the cadets.

Roof Collapse
Who to blame, admin in a ‘fix’
Chandigarh, June 13
Pinpointing the official responsibility for the Sunday’s roof collapse in sector 26 grain market could prove an arduous tough task for the Chandigarh Administration.

COMMUNITY

Now, pay & park at Sec 22-B
MC okays master plan for Palsora
Chandigarh, June 13
The Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh today accorded approval to the introduction of the paid parking system in Sector 22-B, opposite the bus stand, Kiran cinema and Piccadilly cinema. The reserve price for the same has been fixed at Rs 10 lakh, Rs 2 lakh and Rs. 2.25 lakh, respectively.

The Cupid’s arrow which struck terror
Couple alleges harassment from cops, bride’s family
Chandigarh, June 13
As the cliché goes love transcends all boundaries and caste barriers. This is precisely what Cupid-struck Himmat Singh and Gurpreet Kaur did. Himmat (26) Gurpreet (23) tied the knot on May 29, 2007, despite opposition from the girl’s family. The day they got married the girl’s father got an FIR registered against Himmat on charges of kidnapping.








Himmat Singh with his bride Gurpreet Kaur. — A Tribune photograph
Himmat Singh with his bride Gurpreet Kaur.

25 m NRIs, but no law on child custody disputes
Chandigarh, June 13
For a country so proudly enamoured of its diaspora and which celebrates ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas’ with elan, it is shocking that no legislation exists till date to cater to a burgeoning list of inter-country family disputes, especially in the realm of interparental child custody matters.

IMA motorcycle expedition flagged off
Chandigarh, June 13
A motorcycle expedition, comprising five officers and 17 cadets of the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehra Dun, was flagged off from Chandi Mandir this morning by the Chief of Staff, Western Command, Lt-Gen A.N. Aul.


Lt-Gen A.N. Aul, Chief of Staff, Western Command, flags off an IMA motorcycle expedition from Chandi Mandir on Wednesday.
Lt-Gen A.N. Aul, Chief of Staff, Western Command, flags off an IMA motorcycle expedition from Chandi Mandir on Wednesday.

PSEB Class X
Girls lead the way
Mohali, June 13
Students from Ropar, Patiala and SAS Nagar have made a mark in the Punjab School Education Board Class X examination, results of which were declared today.





Harsimran Kaur (with her parents), who stood 11th in the state and topped Kharar district. — A Tribune photograph

Harsimran Kaur (with her parents), who stood 11th in the state and topped Kharar district.

8 habitual traffic offenders disqualified
Chandigarh, June 13
The Registering and Licensing Authority, Chandigarh, has disqualified eight habitual traffic offenders from holding a driving licence for a certain period following recommendations made by the Chandigarh traffic police.

191 motorists booked
Chandigarh, June 13
The Chandigarh traffic police today booked 191 motorists for violating various rules and regulations. The police collected Rs 9,500 as fine from the offenders on the spot.

Preserving the warmth of sunset years
Chandigarh, June 13
Somewhere in the nondescript surroundings of a Chandigarh slum, 45 women are scripting change. Fed on the diet of indifference and rebuke, they are getting used to the pleasant flavours of life — flavours of love, joy and pride, never earlier served up to them.



Members of the Gangadevi Club celebrate their sunset years with dignity and joy at the Mauli Jagran community centre. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan
Members of the Gangadevi Club celebrate their sunset years with dignity and joy at the Mauli Jagran community centre.

Unholy nexus
GCM defence wants judge advocate changed
Chandigarh, June 13
The defence in the general court martial (GCM) trying a major at Tibri for allegedly molesting a woman officer has challenged continuation of the judge advocate in the trial, citing that he had an “unholy nexus” with the prosecution.

Smoke-free plan gathers steam
Chandigarh, June 13
Chandigarh will become a smoke-free city from July 1. Preparations to meet the deadline were today reviewed by UT home secretary Krishna Mohan.

Fill vacancies, say protesting staff
Panchkula, June 13
Employees of the irrigation department and the Karamchari Mahasangh of Haryana yesterday organised dharnas to press for their demands.

Land Acquisition
Govt studying schemes prevalent in other states
Mohali, June 13
With farmers up in arms whenever there is a move to acquire land, the government is now grappling with the ticklish issue of the land pooling/land exchange scheme. Systems prevalent in other states have been studied to decide which scheme will prove the most beneficial in Punjab.

Mohali Fire
Janta Market traders get relief
Mohali, June 13
A sum was Rs 1 crore was distributed today among 377 traders of the Janata Market in Phase IIIB1 whose shops got destroyed in a major fire on June 1.

Non-functional streetlights
MC’s ‘negligence’ invites criticism
Panchkula, June 13
Non-functional streetlights in the city have invited the wrath from the public and the Haryana Punjabi Mahasabha.

Residents go without power
Panchkula, June 13
Following heavy downpour late in the evening, residents in most sectors had to go without power for two to four hours. While no major snag was reported from any feeder, the electricity department switched off power supply to most sectors.

Power dept clears the air, says bill amount correct
Chandigarh June 13
Following the Tribune story on inflated power bills, the UT electricity department today said though the total amount payable by the consumers has been correctly reflected in the bills, some confusion was reported among the residents about the recent electricity bills in some parts of the city.

BEL employees protest suspension of 3 workers
Panchkula, June 13
Agitated employees of BEL factory today gheraoed the management to protest against the suspension of three employees. Raising slogans against the management and manager R.L. Goyal, the employees said the management was indifferent towards their genuine demands and had been sitting over these for months.

Pension clerk held for graft
Panchkula, June 13
Mahavir Singh, a pension clerk working with the Cooperative Building Society, was allegedly caught red-handed by a team of the Haryana Vigilance Bureau while accepting a bribe of Rs 500 from Arjun Das Gupta, a retired superintendent.

 
CRIME

Man commits suicide
Chandigarh, June 13
A 35-year-old man, Satbir Singh, allegedly ended his life by hanging from a ceiling fan hook at his Dhanas residence this morning. Quoting the family, the police said Satbir Singh was under a depression for the past over three days.

 
EDUCATION

No-Vehicle Day
VC agrees to review decision
Chandigarh, June 13
It was a major victory for the Indian National Students Organisation (INSO) when Panjab University vice-chancellor agreed to reconsider his decision to enforce 'No Vehicle Policy' on the university campus on Mondays. Final decision in this regard would be taken in August after a meeting with all student organisations. The decision was taken at a meeting of the INSO and other student organisations like PUSU, SOI and SOPU with the vice-chancellor.


 
HEALTH

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
PGI treats seven with non-invasive technique
Chandigarh, June 13
The PGI, Chandigarh, has successfully established alcohol septal ablation, a catheter-based intervention for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart disease that is inherited from parents. The PGI has already treated seven patients with satisfactory results during the past one year using this non-invasive technique, claimed Dr K. K. Talwar, director, PGI and Head of Department, Cardiology.

World Blood Donors Day
Donate blood, PGI exhorts youth
Chandigarh, June 13
There is an acute shortage of blood in our country and a large number of people die for want of blood every year as our hospitals are equipped to meet only half of the requirement. These lives can be saved by commitment and hard work by voluntary blood donors along with educational and medical institutions by creating awareness regarding voluntary blood donation among the general public.
Students of St Stephen's School distribute keyrings, smileys and bookmarks specially designed by the Blood Bank Society, Sector 37, Chandigarh, at Plaza in Sector 17, on the eve of World Blood Donors Day on Wednesday.
Students of St Stephen's School distribute keyrings, smileys and bookmarks specially designed by the Blood Bank Society, Sector 37, Chandigarh, at Plaza in Sector 17, on the eve of World Blood Donors Day on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Blood donation camps
Chandigarh, June 13
A blood donation camp will be organised at Blood Bank, Government Multispeciality Hospital, Sector 16, on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day tomorrow. The camp is being organised by the All-India Medical Laboratory Technologists’ Association, Chandigarh. Dr M.L. Kataria, a state and Dr B.C. Roy awardee, will inaugurate the camp.


 
SPORTS

AITA Tourney
Jivtesh, Raghav book semifinal berth
Chandigarh, June 13
Chandigarh’s Jivtesh Kang will battle it out against sixth seed Raghav Singal in the under-16 semifinal of the AITA Talent Tennis Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association at CLTA stadium, Sector 10.

Sun(veer)shine in Black Elephants win
Chandigarh, June 13
A fine knock of 63 runs by Sunveer enabled Black Elephants (MES) beat DP Azad Academy by 46 runs in the first match of under-12 Edmund Rice Challenge Trophy Cricket tournament today.




A match between Black Elephants and DP Azad Academy in progress at St John’s Grounds, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
A match between Black Elephants and DP Azad Academy in progress at St John’s Grounds, Sector 26, Chandigarh, on Wednesday.

City rowers excel in national meet
Chandigarh, June 13
Chandigarh Rowers returned with one gold and five bronze medals at 10th Sub-Junior and 12th Challenger National Rowing Championship held at Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad, from June 4 to 10.

City, Haryana in korfball q-final
Chandigarh, June 13
Defending champion Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kasmir, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal moved into quarterfinals of the eighth Sub-Junior National Korfball Championship at Panjab University here today. The last quarterfinalist will be decided tomorrow from pool C.



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