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Market Disaster 
Illegal subletting to blame

Chandigarh, June 18
Illegal subletting of showrooms in the Sector 26 vegetable and fruit market had a role to play in the recent roof collapse in the market. While officials are looking for the reasons for the tragic incident, investigations reveal that one of the main reason for the roof collapse was “immense” pressure on the infrastructure.
Subletting of SCFs to commission agents is rampant in the Sector 26 grain market, Chandigarh. Subletting of SCFs to commission agents is rampant in the Sector 26 grain market, Chandigarh.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Autorickshaw driver molests 8-yr-old, arrested
Chandigarh, June 18
After trying its level best to hush up a molestation case involving an eight-year-old daughter of a tea vendor by an auto-rickshaw driver this morning in the Sector 44-C market here, the Chandigarh police has finally registered a case.
Ram Nath (with covered face), accused of molesting an eight-year-old, being taken away in a police vehicle from the Sector 44-C market in Chandigarh Ram Nath (with covered face), accused of molesting an eight-year-old, being taken away in a police vehicle from the Sector 44-C market in Chandigarh on Monday.— A Tribune photograph





Back in her mother’s lap
Chandigarh, June 18
The local police today handed over the six-month-old girl abandoned three weeks ago at the Sector 23 Missionaries of Charity to her mother following DNA reports.

He lured 8 girls into wedlock, held
Chandigarh, June 18
A con man, Arjun, who duped eight girls by marrying them for looting their money and jewellery, finally fell into the net of the local police here today.

Dera controversy Amarinder’s game plan: Bitta
Mohali, June 18
Maninderjit Singh Bitta, founder-president of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, yesterday alleged that the entire Dera Sacha Sauda controversy was a “game plan” of former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Bitta was in Mohali yesterday to attend a bhog ceremony.

COMMUNITY

Sukhbir Taragi, pallon, jhalani...Sounds French? It’s Punjabi
Chandigarh, June 18
“Taragi”! what? Unable to explain “taragi”, Sukhbir poses a counter-question. A new generation kid, Sukhbir, who shifted from Bathinda to Chandigarh recently, is not the only one unable to understand this word that has been part of Punjabi folklore for centuries. Like her, there are several thousands other kids who cannot understand colloquial Punjabi words like “taragi”. It is a thread tied around the waist of babies.

SEZ Blues
Villagers write to PM

Chandigarh, June 18
The welfare society of all 50 UT villages (Punjab capital project Chandigarh) has alleged that the Chandigarh administration is ignoring guidelines of the union government on land acquisitions and SEZ.

Fauji Beat
Is Army for garbage cleaning?
No doubt, the secondary role of the Army is to provide aid to civil power for specified tasks. But this does not mean that the Army help should be asked for the tasks that the civil administration neglects/avoids to do.



Jammu & Kashmir Governor Lieut-Gen S.K. Sinha (retd) and his wife with women and children of Reasi at Shakti Sadan after its inauguration.
Jammu & Kashmir Governor Lieut-Gen S.K. Sinha (retd) and his wife with women and children of Reasi at Shakti Sadan

CAG reveals serious shortfall in Army training
Chandigarh, June 18
Inadequate infrastructure and facilities at several Army training centres has compromised the training standards of recruits. This is evident from the percentage of relegation (extension of training) shooting up sharply.

Labour Wasted? 
PCR vehicle sheds nobody’s baby

Panchkula, June 18
After the coming up of traffic control posts at all busy intersections, the latest addition to the town is the construction of PCR sheds to save the police from the vagaries of the nature.

Moon-Venus date  lights up the skies 
Chandigarh, June 18
Poets would have rejoiced, lovers would have been smitten. The sight of the Venus cosying up beautifully to the Moon left everybody wonderstruck. And the moment during which the Heavens seemed to smile down as the Venus (which looks like any other star) caressed the Moon, is scientifically, a “lunar occultation of Venus.”

Jobless teachers to intensify stir
Chandigarh, June 18
Unemployed PTI teachers from Punjab, who have been staging a protest and a relay fast for the past over 16 days, today threatened to intensify their stir in the wake of delay by the state government to accept their demands. Representatives of the union said they would stage a protest at the beginning of the budget session of the state assembly. — TNS

Bhatia press club president
Panchkula, June 18
Surinder Bhatia, a senior journalist with Punjab Kesri, and Dayanand Chaudhary, a staff reporter of Ajit Samachar, were unanimously elected president and secretary, respectively, of the Panchkula Press Club at a meeting of the general house here today.

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CRIME

Purse containing Rs 15,500 snatched
Chandigarh, June 18
An unidentified motorcyclist snatched a purse from a woman travelling in a rickshaw in Sector 15 this afternoon.

House destroyed in cylinder blast
Mohali, June 18
A major cylinder blast destroyed a house and damaged nearby property in Phase I here this afternoon. No loss of life is, however, reported though one person sustained minor injuries.




A view of the building that collapsed due to a cylinder blast in Phase-I, Mohali, on Monday. —Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu
A view of the building that collapsed due to a cylinder blast in Phase-I, Mohali,

Bank employee missing
Dera Bassi, June 18
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of an employee of the Malwa Grameen Bank posted at Samgoli, near here.

Carjack bid in Mohali
Mohali, June 18
Three unidentified persons allegedly tried to take away a Zen car at gunpoint from a resident of Bakarpur village here today.

 
EDUCATION

PU Notes
Roll numbers

Panjab University has dispatched the roll numbers of the candidates appearing for the UGC-NET for junior research fellowship and lectureship to be held on June 24. Over 6,000 candidates are expected to take the test. Fourteen centres have been created in the university and various colleges of Chandigarh.

‘Refined’ admission procedure goes bust
Chandigarh, June 18
Chaos marked the opening day of the “refined admission procedure” to class XI at various government senior secondary schools in the city. The four schools--- GMSSS-33, GMSSS-33, GMSSS-40 and GMSSS, Manimajra--- selected for the sale of prospectus that began today were unprepared for the rush.


Students with their parents at GMSSS, Sector 33, in Chandigarh on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
Students with their parents at GMSSS, Sector 33, in Chandigarh

Poor Results
Teachers to explain 

Chandigarh, June 18
The Chandigarh education department has directed principals of various government schools to analyse the results of Classes X and XII and pull up the teachers in general and those on deputation in particular, if they have produced below-average results.

Session on education in US
Chandigarh, June 18
The American Corner at the Central State Library, here, organised an interactive session on education, life and culture in the USA recently.

Centre for spoken English
Chandigarh, June 18
VETA, a training academy for spoken English, in line with its expansion plans opened its first branch in Chandigarh today. Major K.V. Rajan, executive director, VETA, inaugurated the branch.

Substitute teachers’ relay fast from today
Chandigarh, June 18
Members of the Substitute Computer Teachers Union have decided to start a relay fast from tomorrow in support of their demands.

 
CULTURE

Ravi scouts city productions for theatre awards

Chandigarh, June 18
His first brush with acting was at the tiny age of seven when he acted in a television play. Since then, the love and passion for theatre hasn’t died, with Ravi Dubey having performed in more than 30 productions across India. The notable ones include “Sammy”, “A Macbeth” (Charles Marowitz’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth), and “Strivings” by Peter Shaffer.

Ravi Dubey
Ravi Dubey

 
SPORTS

Haryana Inter-District Meet 
Vipul, Vikrant starin CCA win 

Chandigarh, June 18
An excellent bowling spells by Vipul Chadha (7 for 36) and Vikrant Bansal (6 for 8) enabled CCA beat PDCA by an innings and 104 runs in the inaugural two-day league matches of Inter-District Haryana Cricket Association Cricket Tournament at the Sector 19 grounds today.


A match between the CCA and the PDCA in progress at Sector 19 grounds, Chandigarh, on Monday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan
A match between the CCA and the PDCA in progress at Sector 19 grounds, Chandigarh,

Edmund Rice Trophy
Pulkit guides TCS to semis

Chandigarh, June 18
Riding high on a five-wicket haul by Pulkit (5 for 13), Tejli Sports Complex (TCS), Yamunanagar, beat Apeejay School, Kharar, by three wickets to enter the semifinal of the Under-12 Edmund Rice Challenger Trophy at St John’s High School, Sector 26, here today. Batting first, Apeejay scored 92 runs in the allotted 20 overs. Jasninder and Sahil, who made 25 and 15 runs, respectively, were the main scorers.

Don’t neglect studies, Pandove tells players
Mohali, June 18
A cricket camp for  under-15 players started on a different note  today. While inaugurating the camp at the PCA  stadium here, honorary secretary of the PCA M.P. Pandove advised budding players not to neglect studies as there was no guarantee that they would play for the country.

Hockey Trials
13 selected in phase II

Chandigarh, June 18
Thirteen probables have been selected for the state-run Chandigarh Girls Hockey Academy, coming into existence in July, in the second phase of trials held today at Sports Complex, Sector 46.

Hockey
Air Force tournament begins with a draw

Chandigarh, June 18
The inaugural match between Maintenance Command and Western Air Command ended in a 3-3 draw during the Air Force Hockey Championship that began at the hockey stadium, Sector 42, today.




Players of Central Air Command and Air HQ vie for the ball during the Air Force Hockey Championship at the hockey stadium, Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Players of Central Air Command and Air HQ vie for the ball during the Air Force Hockey Championship at the hockey stadium, Sector 42, Chandigarh

Army cycle expedition flagged in
Chandigarh, June 18
A seven-day cycle expedition from Pooh to Chandimandir, organised by tri-peak eagle's independent field workshop company was flagged in at Chandimandir by Maj-Gen Ravi Khetarpal, head of the EME branch, Western Comm and, today.


Maj-Gen Ravi Khetarpal (left), head of the EME branch, Western Command, greets members of a cycle expedition on their arrival in Chandimandir from Pooh on Monday.
Maj-Gen Ravi Khetarpal (left), head of the EME branch, Western Command, greets members of a cycle expedition on their arrival in Chandimandir


Swimming aficionados, a ‘harassed’ lot
Chandigarh, June 18
Many swimming aficionados of the city, including students, are being deprived of the sport in this season.



JAILED: Swimming pool at Government College, Sector 11, lying unused. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Swimming pool at Government College, Sector 11, lying unused
ADMINISTRATION

Public info officers
Chandigarh, June 18
The district administration is appointing eight public information officers in the estate office. According to information, superintendent-level officials were being appointed information officers.

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