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PU student poll hits legal barrier
Plea in HC to hold elections in abeyance
Chandigarh, September 13
The Panjab University Campus Students’ Council poll is apparently caught in a legal logjam. Though the rush of adrenalin among students is as high as ever, university counsel’s submission before the high court to hold elections in abeyance may dampen their spirits a bit.

Tell poll date, demand students
Chandigarh, September 13
Student leaders and supporters of students’ organisations at Panjab University rallied right up to where the Syndicate was meeting in the administrative block, demanding to know when the elections to the PU Campus Student Council would be held.
Student leaders, along with dean students welfare Naval Kishore, outside the venue of the Syndicate meeting in Panjab University Student leaders, along with dean students welfare Naval Kishore, outside the venue of the Syndicate meeting in Panjab University on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph

New bureaucratic culture in city
Chandigarh, September 13
The Administration is promoting a new type of bureaucratic culture. The practice of not putting together a bureaucrat and his subordinate officer of the same state cadre is being discontinued.

VIP nos: BSNL gets Rs 9 lakh for 00005
Chandigarh, September 13
The VIP mobile numbers ending with zeroes and ones no longer fancy the cash-rich Punjabis. In fact, the preferences for the VIP mobile numbers are changing, with the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited today auctioning 00005 number for the highest amount of Rs 9 lakh in the 94640 series, followed by 00018 which fetched Rs 8.5 lakh.




EARLIER STORIES

RTI Act
Need to use power judiciously, says CIC
Chandigarh, September 13
“The RTI Act will not give you any wonderful secret documents. The reputation of every politician and bureaucrat is known.” “But is that the citizen is now the master and he has every right to know how the government is functioning,” said Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab, Rajan Kashyap.
Rajan Kashyap, Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab, delivers the keynote address at the inauguration of a national seminar on ‘Right to Information Act 2005: Problems and Challenges’ at ICSSR Complex, Panjab University, Chandigarh
Rajan Kashyap, Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab, delivers the keynote address at the inauguration of a national seminar on ‘Right to Information Act 2005: Problems and Challenges’ at ICSSR Complex, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Former auditor arrested
Chandigarh, September 13
The UT vigilance department arrested Kewal Krishan Dutta, a former employee of the registrar of companies, ministry of corporate affair, in a corruption case last night. The vigilance said Dutta was arrested in continuation of a registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act, cheating and criminal conspiracy under Sections 420 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code on September 10.

Bus Stand Blast
10-year RI for KCF militant
Chandigarh, September 13
Charanjit Singh, a resident of Kapurthala, who has been convicted of the bomb blast at the bus stand in Sector 17 in 2005, was today sentenced to 10-year rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs 2,000 by a local court. He was convicted on September 10.

292 PG houses, says police
In admn records, only three
Chandigarh, September 13
By the rule book, information on paying guests must be available on the UT administration’s official website. But this is, perhaps, expecting too much considering the administration is yet to complete the process of registration of paying guest houses (PGs).

COMMUNITY

DC gets into action mode, surveys Panchkula
Panchkula, September 13
Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Rajinder Kataria got cracking and carried out a survey of the entire city today, directing officials of various departments to carry out road repairs, improve the state of sanitation and remove encroachments from markets and open spaces.


Slum-dwellers remove their ‘jhuggis’ from HUDA land in Sector 14, Panchkula, on Thursday.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Slum-dwellers remove their ‘jhuggis’ from HUDA land in Sector 14, Panchkula

Laying of footpath stopped in Sec-16

Chandigarh, September 13
If residents of Sector 16 are to be believed, policy makers are setting a wrong example for city residents. The worst part is that officials are wasting public money by wrong implementation of development projects.

The footpath which has been laid on the wrong side of V-5 road in Sector 16, Chandigarh.
— Tribune photo by Vinay Mailk

The footpath which has been laid on the wrong side of V-5 road in Sector 16, Chandigarh

Sector 17 showrooms grabbing corridor space

Chandigarh, September 13
The Administration is adopting two sets of rules while dealing with architectural control sheet of commercial properties in the city. While it has put it foot down while dealing with front elevation of the two kanal plots in Industrial Area, Phase II, here.
A number of showroom occupants undertake renovation by giving the go by to the rules in Sector 17, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

A number of showroom occupants undertake renovation by giving the go by to the rules in Sector 17, Chandigarh

Allowing PGs in Mohali
Residents decry move, submit memo
Mohali, September 13
The members of the Citizens’ Welfare Council, Phase X, met chief administrator of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) Krishan Kumar to condemn the move to allow paying guest accommodation in the township.

BJP demands inquiry
Panchkula, September 13
Haryana state BJP president Atam Prakash Manchanda condemned the yesterday’s lathicharge on BJP and VHP workers and demanded an inquiry into the matter today. Manchanda, accompanied by senior BJP leaders Gian Chand Gupta, Harvilas Jindal, V.K. Sud among others, demanded an inquiry into the order to lathicharge the workers, who were demonstrating peacefully.

Troops told to rededicate themselves
Chandigarh, September 13
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Western Command, which falls on September 15, The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, has called upon officers and men to re-dedicate themselves to work towards sustaining and building up the indomitable team and traditions of valour that are the hallmark of the Army.

Minister assures roadways staff on demands
Chandigarh, September 13
A 12-member delegation of the Haryana Roadways Workers Union today met Mange Ram Gupta, state transport minister, to apprise him of their long-pending demands. Giving details of the about a meeting, Sarbat Singh Punia, general secretary of the union, said the issue pertaining to dearth in the supply of tyres.

‘Thikri pehras’ ordered
Mohali, September 13
Deputy commissioner H.I.S. Garewal today ordered that ‘thikri pehras’ should be held by village youth to protect railway tracks, canals, bridges, public health works and oil pipelines.

ESIC result out
Chandigarh, September 13
The result of the written test conducted by the Employees State Insurance Corporation for the post of lower division clerk has been declared. According to a press note, the result is available on website www.esicpunjab.org .

12 Himachalis to be honoured
Chandigarh, September 13
Himachal Sarv Kalyankari Parishad president Rajinder Rana said here today that 12 Himachalis would be honoured with Himachal Gaurav award at its annual function here on September 16. Nine students would also be honoured on occasion.

 
CRIME

Woman attempting suicide saved by onlookers
Chandigarh, September 13
Accusing the Chandigarh police of shielding a head constable, who had sexually exploited her, a woman of Sector 28 yesterday attempted to set herself afire by pouring kerosene on her clothes in the Sector 9 market. She was saved by onlookers before she could light a match.

Woman hurt in mishap
Chandigarh, September 13
A woman was hurt after her scooter was knocked down by a car near Sector 31 and 32 traffic lights point, here this afternoon. The woman has been identified as 42-year-old Saroj Jindal of Sector 46. She received head injuries in the mishap and was rushed to the Sector 32 hospital.

Man held for hitting watchman
Chandigarh, September 13
The police arrested Anirudh Jaiswal, accused of hitting an elderly watchman at his residence in Sector 35 on Tuesday, yesterday. The police said the Anirudh was today presented before a local court which remanded him to judicial custody. The condition of the victim, 65-year-old Jeet Ram, was still said to be critical.

 
EDUCATION

PU to award Doctor of Laws to PM
Chandigarh, September 13
The Panjab University syndicate met today and approved the conferment of an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) upon Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the inauguration of the diamond jubilee celebrations beginning October 1, for which Dr Singh will be present.

Govt schools open to ‘Savera’ kids
Chandigarh, September 13
In a noble gesture, the UT education department has come forward to help the mentally retarded inmates of ‘Savera’by offering them admission in government schools or to adjust them in the existing ‘special’ institutes running in the city.

Notice served on edu dept official
Chandigarh, September 13
The education department has served an explanation notice on one of its officials for showing negligence in performing duties. Due to this lapse, about 50 applicants for the posts of Hindi master/mistress turned up at GMSSS-23 on September 8 at 10 am to fill up their forms but found the school locked, as nothing of the sort had been scheduled on the said date.

Talented trio do family proud
Chandigarh, September 13
A chance to be with the best and to reach out to opportunities is what each of us wants. That is exactly what these Sachdeva siblings have managed to achieve. Meet the talented trio - Gyanda, Shimal and their brother Shouvik Sachdeva, who all have, to their names, the distinction of clearing the prestigious National Talent Search Examination.


The success story: (from left) Gyanda, Shauvik and Shimal at their home.
The success story: (from left) Gyanda, Shauvik and Shimal at their home

College teachers submit demands to syndicate
Chandigarh, September 13
The members of the MCM and DAV College Employees’ Unions held a rally in front of the administrative block of Panjab University and submitted their case regarding retirement dues on account of encashment of unutilised earned leave and contributory provident fund on total salary to the syndicate members today.

NGO moves NHRC over teachers’ harassment
Chandigarh, September 13
An NGO, Global Human Rights Council, today moved the National Human Rights Commission against the UT administrator, UT education secretary and director, public instructions (schools) for alleged violation of the human rights of teachers serving with the UT administration.

Teachers given functional portage training
Chandigarh, September 13
The fourth Training Workshop for Enhancement of Development of Children for CDPOs, supervisors, teachers and volunteers to implement portage training in anganwadi centres of the city was held at Karuna Sadan yesterday.

HSA joins the bandwagon
Pre-Poll Car Rallies
Chandigarh, September 13
Car rallies continue to rule the pre-election roost at Panjab University and whether student organisations manage to garner huge numbers or not, the noise factor ensures that they make their presence felt among their fellow students.
Supporters of HSA take out a rally in Panjab University campus, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
— A Tribune photograph
Supporters of HSA take out a rally in Panjab University campus, Chandigarh

COURTS

City advocate on cyber law panel
Chandigarh, September 13
Ashwinie Bansal, Centre’s senior counsel in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, has been appointed a member of the panel in an international cyber law dispute by the World Intellectual Property Organistation.

 
CULTURE

Lording over odds - the ‘Aparajita’ way
National Theatre Fest ends with Hindi version of the classic Bengali text
Chandigarh, September 13
‘Aparajita’ is for stage what ‘Devdas’ is for the big screen - relevant beyond the limits of time and space. So when Mumbai-based theatre director Jayadev Hattangady promised something new with his version of Nitish Sen’s ‘Aparajita’, the audience at Tagore Theatre watched intently.

Industry never gave me my due: Rohini Hattangady
Chandigarh, September 13
Parallel Indian cinema would have never been the same without Rohini Hattangady’s versatile charms. First appearing on the scene in the late 1970s, she set the space of performance on fire, taking both theatre and films to heights that seemed impossible to attain.

Rohini and Jayadev Hattangady enjoy a Haryanavi folk performance in Chandigarh on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Vinay Mailk

Rohini and Jayadev Hattangady enjoy a Haryanavi folk performance in Chandigarh

 
SPORTS

Double delight for Pak lads
Chandigarh, September 13
The results of both twenty20 matches played by Pakistan XI against the DAV-8 today went in their favour. The twenty20 friendship series is being played at the Sector 8 DAV ground, here.


A player from Pakistan XI hits a ball during a match against DAV-8 in Chandigarh on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph


A player from Pakistan XI hits a ball during a match against DAV-8 in Chandigarh

AKSIPS book berth in final
Chandigarh, September 13
Ajit Karam Singh International Public School Academy, Sector 41, today registered a thrilling 11-run victory over Edmund Rice Cricket Academy (ERCA)-26, booking a berth in the final of the WWICS Cup U-14 Cricket Tournament.

IHF grants associate membership to CFHA
Chandigarh, September 13
The Indian Hockey Federation has granted associated membership to the Chandigarh Football and Hockey Academy, Sector 42, with immediate effect. In a communication received by Chandigarh sports director Inderjit Singh Sandhu, IHF secretary-general K. Jothikumaran has stated that the Chandigarh Football and Hockey Academy has been "admitted as an associate member with immediate effect".

Bharti Narayan corners glory
Chandigarh, September 13
Bharti Narayan once again grabbed the top position in the finals of the LIC’s 28th North Zone Carrom Tournament, which concluded at a local hotel, today evening. The prize distribution ceremony was presided over by Sunita Sharma, regional manager, LIC of India, zonal office, New Delhi.


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