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Followers of Virsa Singh, Phoola booked
Bloody clash at gurdwara

Chandigarh, June 28
A clash broke out between followers of Baba Virsa Singh and Nihang Baba Ajit Singh Phoola at the Sector 39 Nanak Sagar Gurdwara early this morning. Ten persons were injured, three of them seriously.
Caretakers of Gurdwara Nanak Sagar, Sector 39, with the police in Chandigarh Caretakers of Gurdwara Nanak Sagar, Sector 39, with the police in Chandigarh on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph

Fatal Thursday
Man found hanging
Chandigarh, June 28
A 28-year-old man was found hanging from a hook at his residence in Morilwala town in Mani Majra this evening. The police believes it to be a case of suicide, but has not been able to ascertain the reason behind the step.

Youth sets himself fire
Panchkula, June 28
A 23-year-old mentally disturbed youth committed suicide by setting himself afire a few yards away from his house late last night. Initially it was mistaken for an accidental fire in the jhuggi cluster and the victim remained unidentified till his father Mangal identified him.

Accident or suicide?
Chandigarh, June 28
A 22-year-old widow died after being hit by a train in Ram Darbar this evening. The police is yet to ascertain whether it was an accident or a suicide. Sources in the government railway police said the victim had been identified as Anuradha of Phase II, Ram Darbar.







EARLIER STORIES

Girl electrocuted to death
Chandigarh, June 28
A 13-year-old girl was electrocuted early this morning in the Sector 26 grain market when she came in contact with a pole erected on a vegetable and fruit auction platform to restore temporary connection for electricity.

Two snatchings in 30 mins
Chandigarh, June 28
Chain snatchers targeted two women within a span of 30 minutes in the city this morning. In the first incident, Prem Lata of Sector 22-C lodged a complaint with the police alleging that unidentified youths riding a black motor cycle snatched her gold chain near house around 7.45 am.

inside babudom
Major reshuffle in IT Dept
3 new commissioner-level posts in Chandigarh
Chandigarh, June 28
A major reshuffle in the top brass of the Income Tax Department by the union finance ministry has resulted in the creation of three commissioners of income tax (CIT)-level posts in Chandigarh.

PU business school ex-head faces probe
Chandigarh, June 28
A former chairman of Panjab University Business School faces a disciplinary inquiry to be conducted by a retired High Court judge to ascertain his role in providing fudged data about the UBS to nation B-school ranking agencies.

PM to raise issue with Pak
Restoration of Bhagat Singh’s birthplace and school
Chandigarh, June 28
The memory of Bhagat Singh might bring about a consensus between India and Pakistan, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh deciding to raise with Pakistan the issue of restoration of the martyr’s birthplace and school. Both the places, located in Lyallpur, Pakistan, are in a sorry state.

Fire in Sector 26 showroom
Chandigarh, June 28
Panic gripped the Sector-26 market when thick smoke engulfed the area after a fire broke out in a furniture showroom this morning. The fire, which which broke out due to short-circuit, occurred around 9 am in the showroom located next to some leading restaurants on the Madhya Marg.


Firemen at the Sector 26 showroom where a fire broke out in Chandigarh on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph
Firemen at the Sector 26 showroom where a fire broke out in Chandigarh

MC House
Now, pay Rs 15 more for water
Chandigarh, June 28
City residents will have to pay Rs 15 extra for their water bills. The MC has decided to levy a cess of Rs 15 per month per connection to collect funds for the maintenance of parks and green belts. A decision to this effect was taken today at its house meeting.

COMMUNITY

Mall opens with Rs 16.27 lakh fine

Chandigarh, June 28
Nearly two years after the Chandigarh administration announced conversion in the Industrial Area, the first mall of Honda opened its gates “informally” to customers today. The car mall owned by Joshi Auto Zone has been fined Rs 16.27 lakh for carrying out construction before the building plans were sanctioned. Following pendency of nearly nine months, the copy of the sanctioned plan was formally handed over yesterday. The building has not got a power connection even three months after the application was submitted.

Kasauli to jazz it up
Chandigarh, June 28
Kasauli’s annual jazz festival turns 20 this year and is all set to weigh itself against the legendary Woodstock fiesta of the 1960s. No story this, for as organiser and jazz aficionado Baljit Malik, speaking from Kasauli says, the title for the festival articulates it all.

Road map for better libraries
Insiders show the way
Chandigarh, June 28
Parveen Kumar and Rajveer Kaur, both librarians at the TS Central State Library in Sector 17 recently undertook a unique assignment for the Chandigarh administration.

Leaking pipes a bane of Star Enclave residents
Chandigarh, June 28
After paying lakhs of rupees, occupants of flats in Star Enclave in Sector 48 C are a harassed lot, thanks to poor construction of the flats.


A dug up portion of a house in Star Enclave, Sector 48-C, Chandigarh. — A Tribune photograph

A dug up portion of a house in Star Enclave, Sector 48-C, Chandigarh

Digging work upsets residents

Chandigarh, June 28
Digging work being carried out by Airtel in Sector 36-D is causing inconvenience to residents. Apart from digging up open space in front of houses, the careless digging is posing danger to water pipes, sewers and underground electricity cables in the area.


Dug up portions of the earth in Sector 36.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


Dug up portions of the earth in Sector 36

Crisis due to power failure: officials
Mohali residents face water shortage
Mohali, June 28
Residents of a part of Phase XI, here, are facing acute water shortage and the condition has worsened over the past few days. Municipal councillor Sukhminder Singh Barnala today said residents of Phase XI, especially those living in flats allotted by PUDA, had been getting inadequate water supply over the years.

GMADA undertakes road construction project
Mohali, June 28
Greater Mohali Area Development Authority has undertaken a project for the construction of the 200-feet wide road on the Punjab-UT boundary in Sector 48 up to NH-21 (Chandigarh Kharar road).

Bee in chicken dish
Chandigarh, June 28
A Mohali family got a shock when a food item it had ordered from a city food outlet came in time but not without a detestable foreign article. When the family went to the Sector 22 food outlet, Chawla Chicken, to complain about the presence of a honeybee.

ICCW reconstituted
Chandigarh, June 28
The Chandigarh administration has reconstituted the UT branch of the Indian Council for Child Welfare. Adviser to the administrator and home-cum-social welfare secretary will be the ex officio president and ex-officio vice-president of ICCW, respectively.

Mutiny hero dead
Chandigarh, June 28
Madan Singh, 86-yr-old veteran associated with the Royal Indian Navy Mutiny of 1946, died after a prolonged illness at a private hospital in Mohali today. The vice-president of the strike committee of the naval mutiny is survived by his wife Pritam Kaur, sons Ranjit Pandher and Vijay Pratap Singh and daughter Anurag Dhillon.

PGI public parking shifted
Chandigarh, June 28
With the commencement of construction work of trauma centre opposite the emergency area, the PGI authorities have decided to shift public parking to the space behind research block ‘B’.

 
CRIME

Minor, 3 held for robbery, snatchings
Chandigarh, June 28
The local police claims to have solved six cases of robbery and snatching with the arrest of four persons, including a minor. The police said six mobile phones and jewellery worth around Rs 2 lakh were recovered from them.

Trader drugged, robbed
Chandigarh, June 28
A local businessman was drugged and then robbed of more than Rs 45,000 in a bus from New Delhi to Chandigarh. He regained consciousness today after remaining under observation at the General Hospital, Sector 16, for two days. The 42-year-old victim, Ramesh, runs a pan shop in Sector 17.

Three booked for forgery
Zirakpur, June 28
The local police has booked three persons on forgery and cheating charges. Acting on the complaint of Manisha Arora, wife of Ashok Arora, a resident of Sector 12-A, Panchkula, the police registered a case against Bishan Mohan Sharma, Balwinder Singh and Gurcharan Singh.

Chemist shop sealed
Mohali, June 28
A chemist shop in Kurali was sealed by drug inspector Pardeep Kumar today for allegedly selling addictive drugs in violation of the law. Civil surgeon Dr M.S. Toor said an inspection was carried out last month, where it was found that Punjab Medical Store was allegedly indulging in illegal selling of narcotics.

 
BUSINESS

Baddi to have region’s first enzyme unit
Chandigarh, June 28
Advanced Enzyme Technologies Limited has planned to set up a plant with an initial investment of Rs 15 crore at Baddi. The first plant of the country’s largest enzyme manufacturer in this region is slated to start functioning from December next year, informs chairman and managing director of the company C.L. Rathi while interacting with mediapersons.

 
EDUCATION

PU Notes
PU extends date
Chandigarh, June 28
Last date for receipt of application forms for admission to various courses offered by Panjab University has been extended from June 29 to July 3 up to 5pm.

3 PGI docs in PU board
Chandigarh, June 28
Three faculty members from the PGI, including Prof Ashok K. Gupta (ENT), Dr Baljinder Singh (nuclear medicine) and Dr Yashpaul Sharma (cardiology), have been nominated as board members to the Board of Studies of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research of Panjab University, Chandigarh, for a period of two years till March 31, 2009.

COURTS

Wannabe President moves SC
Chandigarh, June 28
Local businessman Sukhdev Rai Kaushal - who recently hogged the limelight for filing nomination papers for the post of President of India - has now approached the Supreme Court challenging the criteria being used to fill the post.

 
HEALTH

Dengue/Chikungunya
Special ward to handle cases
Chandigarh, June 28
A special ward to accommodate inpatients suffering from dengue and chikungunya was identified in order to meet any exigency during the monsoon by the health authorities of Chandigarh, here today.

Free anti-rabies vaccine for UT staff
Chandigarh, June 28
Over 5,000 cases of dog/animal bite are reported every year from the city and 2,500 from the adjoining states. Keeping this in mind, the UT health department recently decided to provide anti-rabies vaccine from various locations in the city.

Programme on AIDS awareness
Mohali, June 28
To mark its sixth anniversary, Fortis Hospital announced the launch of an extensive AIDS-awareness programme in Punjab and Chandigarh, here today. CEO and MD of the hospital Shivinder Mohan Singh said the programme would emphasise on the use of condoms as a preventive measure.

 
SPORTS

Jeev Dubai’s golf ambassador
Chandigarh, June 28
Chandigarh’s golf superstar Jeev Milkha Singh has teamed up with “golf in Dubai” as their brand ambassador to showcase the emirate’s attractions on a global stage. The first Indian to break into the top-50 of World Rankings, following his superb performances around the globe last year.

Local lad in u-19 team for Lanka
Mohali, June 28
Local medium-pacer Amanpreet cornered glory by making it to the India under-19 squad to Sri Lanka for a tri-nation series starting July 19. Besides Sri Lanka, Bangladesh will be the third side.

Cricket
JCA earn a point
Chanidgarh, June 28
The Jind Cricket Association team secured one point on the basis of the first inning lead against the Chandigarh Cricket Association (CCA affiliated to Haryana) in the drawn two-day U-19 inter-district league match at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19, here today.

AG Punjab lift title
Chandigarh, June 28
Last year’s runner-up AG Punjab romped home with a convincing win over Delhi Audit with a margin of 3-1 in the finals of the North Zone IA and AD Badminton Tournament, here today.


The winning AG Punjab team with the trophy of the North Zone IA and AD Badminton Tournament in Chandigarh on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph
The winning AG Punjab team with the trophy of the North Zone IA and AD Badminton Tournament in Chandigarh

Mohali gets badminton court
Mohali, June 28
To facilitate local badminton players, an indoor badminton court will be constructed in the complex of the State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Phase VI here.


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