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The truth of Sanetta
Mohali, March 19
The Akali government cannot be blamed for not having done enough to attract private housing investment in the state. Notwithstanding protests from residents of SAS Nagar, the district administration is planning on establishing the district administrative-cum-judicial complex in Sanetta village, almost 20 km from Mohali.

Bomb scare at secretariate
Chandigarh, March 19 Panic gripped the UT secretariate here this afternoon following a hoax bomb call. There was chaos as employees and visitors ran for cover. The police cleared the building housing about 600 employees. Within minutes of getting a call at noon, the police rushed to the spot equipped with a bomb disposal squad, dog squad, fire brigade and ambulances.

Don’t be slave to Corbusier: Correa
Chandigarh, March 19
Charles Correa Architect-activist Charles Correa is at unease with the mindless urbanisation of Indian cities in the name of real estate development. For a man famous for harmonising the traditional with the contemporary and the aesthetic with the functional, this unease is only natural, more so because it is not to end any time soon, with politicians ensuring that developers stay and thrive.

UT moots longer term for mayor
Chandigarh, March 19
In a development that will go a long way in accelerating development, the Chandigarh administration has sought extension of the term of mayor from the current one year to two-and-a-half years from the union government.

72-year-old man butchers wife
Panchkula, March 19
A septuagenarian, suspecting the character of his wife, allegedly killed her with an axe at Pinjore last night. The deceased has been identified as Surinder Kaur.



CBI DSPs in soup
Dera followers allege torture
Chandigarh, March 19
Torturing the followers of Dera Sacha Sauda during interrogation has landed two DSPs of the Central Bureau of Investigation in soup (CBI). The follower Bhim Singh had filed criminal complaint on September 23, 2005, against DSP Dr Armandeep Singh and DSP (CBI) Satish Dagar for torturing him during interrogation in the Sirsa murder case.

Income tax officials check documents during a raid on a shop in Phase V, Mohali, on Wednesday. IT raids on scan centre, sweet shops
Chandigarh/Mohali, March 19
Officials of the income tax department carried out raids on the properties of a doctor, a property dealer and a businessman in the city and Mohali today. Chief commissioner P.K. Chopra and commissioners of ranges 1 and 2 carried out raids on the business premises of several groups.

Income tax officials check documents during a raid on a shop in Phase V, Mohali, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Stars descend on airport
The Diva: Rekha had people at the Chandigarh Airport spellbound on her arrival in the city on Wednesday. Chandigarh, March 19
The visitors at the local airport were thrilled to see themselves among Bollywood stars Rishi Kapoor and Rekha and master blaster Sachin Tendulkar here this afternoon. Rishi and Rekha arrived in the city for the shooting of a movie while Sachin, along with his wife Anjali, son Arjun, daughter Sara and two other families, was here to take a flight to Mumbai. “I was holidaying along with my family and close associates at Mussoorie. Today we are going back home,” said Sachin, who played a key role in India’s first ever triumph in the triangular Commonwealth Bank one-day series in Australia. “It was a refreshing trip and now, I am ready for the next challenges,” said Sachin after reaching the airport at around 12 pm.

The Diva: Rekha had people at the Chandigarh Airport spellbound on her arrival in the city on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Haryana budget growth oriented, feel traders
Chandigarh, March 19
Various bodies of traders and industrialists have hailed the Haryana budget as growth oriented. They have hailed the Haryana finance minister for creating a favourable enabling environment for attracting private investment to supplement government resources.

Employees of the Food Corporation of India, Punjab region, shout slogans against authorities during a demonstration at the regional office in Sector 31, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Protest by FCI staff
Chandigarh, March 19
Employees of the Food Corporation of India (FCI), Punjab region, held a demonstration against the alleged victimisation of employees by regional management at the regional office in Sector 31 today.

Employees of the Food Corporation of India, Punjab region, shout slogans against authorities during a demonstration at the regional office in Sector 31, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Panel formed for health insurance scheme
Chandigarh, March 19
The UT administration has constituted a committee for implementation of health insurance scheme “Swasthya Bima Yojana”. The scheme seeks to facilitate the launching of health insurance projects in all districts of the states in a phased manner for below poverty line workers.

Financial aid for SC women doubled
Chandigarh, March 19
The Chandigarh administration has doubled the financial assistance for the Scheduled Castes women under the “Postnatal Financial Assistance to Scheduled Castes Women for Nutrition Scheme” from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000. The scheme is being implemented by the social welfare department with the objective of providing financial assistance to pregnant women so they can afford a nutritious diet.

Empowerment project for women
The UT administration has decided to start a project in the field of production of garments for women and children. The centre would be set up by the social welfare department in the newly transferred building of the Chandigarh Child and Women Development Corporation.

1,000 participate in Pratishtha Day
Devotees take part in ‘Murti Sthapana’ ceremony during the 17th Pratishtha Day at Sree Ayyappa temple in Sector 47, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Chandigarh, March 19
More than 1,000 people participated in the celebrations of the 17th Pratishtha Day (consecration) at “Sree Ayyappa Temple, here today. The foundation stone of temple Gopuram to be built as per Kerala temple architecture was also laid on the occasion while Dr John V. George, IPS, DGP (Prisons), Haryana, inaugurated an ambulance service.

Devotees take part in ‘Murti Sthapana’ ceremony during the 17th Pratishtha Day at Sree Ayyappa temple in Sector 47, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Training programme on SEZs
Chandigarh, March 19
SEZs will play a vital role in bridging the gap between competing economies and provide competitive and comparative advantage to the industries. These zones serve to address three critical issues — the reduction of taxation, reduction of transaction cost and improvement of infrastructure.

Fatal Fall
Victim’s body handed over to family
Chandigarh, March 19
The police today handed over the body of Mani, who fell to death from a three-storeyed building in a bid to escape being caught stealing in Industrial Area, Phase II, last night, to his family.

CHB’s housing scheme partial
Chandigarh Housing Board has launched a special housing scheme for UT employees on the plea of shortage of accommodation and high rent rate. There will be about 3,000 dwelling units for allotment.


Renaming of Degree
PU syndics put through test of rationality
After completing MBA 23 years ago, alumnus seeks renamed degree
Chandigarh, March 19
In what could put the members of the Panjab University’s syndicate through a test of rationality, a director in the Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi, has sent a request on December 18, 2007, to the university authorities for issuing him a degree of MBA (personnel) in retrospective.

PU sleeps over
Rs 20 crore unadjusted advances
Chandigarh, March 19
For Panjab University, Rs 20 crore is no big issue. Talks doing the rounds that the university is facing a financial crunch seem hollow going by reports of the audit for the year 2006-07 and 2007-08 as there are unadjusted advances in the university to the tune of crores of rupees.

Qualifying AIE students will now take regular education
Chandigarh, March 19
Nine-years-old Sunil is happy that from April onwards he too would be able to attend the morning assembly of the school. His mother Shakuntala, a bangle-seller, could not ask for more because her son who studied through AIE (Alternate Innovative Education) centre in the evening has qualified class IV and would now study with the regular students in next class.

From Schools & Colleges
IET students launch website
Mohali, March 19
As part of their industrial training programme, Anshu Rabra, Arunesh Bathla and Brijraj, three final-year students of IET, Bhaddal, with the help of their training incharge Valjeet Patial have launched a website named www.tricityGuru.com. This is a step towards online advertising in tricity.

Students misbehave with vice-chancellor
INSO activists barge into restricted area
Chandigarh, March 19
It seems the vice-chancellor of Panjab University is not safe on his own premises. After, the incident of stone pelting at the VC’s house in the recent past, the same group of students today barged into the restricted area of the VC’s office and misbehaved with him.

From Schools & Colleges
56 students get hired
Chandigarh, March 19
Fifty-six engineering students of Rayat Institute of Engineering and Information Technology have been appointed as software engineers with the IT giant, Infosys, at a recently concluded placement camp.

Kids of Euro Kids School perform at their annual function, ‘Starlight 2008'.Special kids of Vatika High School celebrate Holi in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Kids of Euro Kids School perform at their annual function, ‘Starlight 2008,’ and (right) special kids of Vatika High School celebrate Holi in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photographs

Central Varsity Status
PUTA stages dharna in front of VC office
Chandigarh, March 19
The teachers and students of the PU staged a dharna in front of the vice- chancellor’s office to press for the demand of central university status to Panjab University. Addressing the dharna, Prof Manjit Singh, secretary PUTA, said if the flow of funds from the Union government amounts to the dilution of the claim of Punjab over Chandigarh, what is apprehended by the Punjab government, then how come the entire Union Territory, including PGI and PEC are allowed to be funded by the Union government.

GMSSS-19 gets new principal
Chandigarh, March 19
Jatinder Singh Sidhu, who was working as a physics lecturer in GMSSS-19, has joined as the officiating principal of the same school, today afternoon, relieving Saroj Gupta, who had dual charge.


Court Firing
CFSL report, evidence put on record
Chandigarh, March 19
Ten years after an alleged firing incident on the court premises, the CFSL report and case property was placed on record in a local court today. The prosecution placed on record two swords, one SLR, a carbine, two AK-47 and a rifle.

Consumer Courts
British Airways penalised
Chandigarh, March 19
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum today directed British Airways to pay $ 460 along with Rs 10,000 in compensation to a Sector-43 resident for deficiency in service. The forum also asked the airways to pay Rs 5,000 as cost of litigation.


CTU Faux Pas
Erring official suspended
Chandigarh, March 19
A day after Chandigarh Tribune reported about the callousness on part of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) officials in giving the possession of a government vehicle without retaining its official registration number, the CTU director today suspended the official concerned.


Power Theft
Rs 2-cr penalty imposed on erring consumers
Ambala, March 19
Intensifying its ongoing campaign to check the menace of power pilferage, unauthorised use of electricity and extension of load, the vigilance and enforcement wing of Haryana Power Utilities detected 185 cases of electricity theft and imposed a penalty of over Rs 2 crore on erring consumers during the month of February this year.

Panchayat poll deferred
Campaigners left high and dry
Kharar, March 19
While campaigning for panchayati raj elections were in full swing with political parties and administration gearing up for it, deferral of the same has left politicians and public high and dry.

Scrapping of judge’s post may lead to pendency
Patiala, March 19
While Patiala was already facing shortage of judicial officers, shifting and withdrawal of the post of one of the existing five additional sessions judges was likely to contribute to the piling-up of cases in appellate courts of the district.

PSEB-MC tussle leaves residents high and dry
Bassi Pathana, March 19
Thanks to the recalcitrant attitude of the local Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) officials, residents of Bassi Pathana are suffering from the paucity of drinking water for the past one year. Despite its poor financial condition, the municipal council had managed to install a tube well at the cost of Rs 25 lakh. But the ongoing tussle between the council and PSEB department over clearance of some pending bills has made the life of the residents miserable.

Liquor worth Rs 10 lakh seized
Rajpura, March 19
Acting on a tip-off, the Rajpura police recovered liquor worth over Rs 10 lakh that was being smuggled from Chandigarh to other states. The police arrested one person and seized a truck that was loaded with 7,080 bottles of liquor that he had bought from Chandigarh and was taking these to Gujarat, Maharashtra and Gwalior.

PUDA earns Rs 27.82 cr from plot auction
Patiala, March 19
The Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority earned a hefty amount of Rs 27.82 crore here today during the auction of a 5510 sq yard plot in Chhoti Baradari area of Patiala.

Accident victim succumbs to injuries
Kharar, March 19
Prem Kumar, a resident of Sampla Sahib village in Fetehgarh Sahib, succumbed to his injuries here yesterday. He had met with an accident on Monday near Gharuan bus stand.


ICL great option for city boys: Uniyal
Chandigarh, March 19
He remembers his father’s words, “If you want to play cricket, join a school with a big enough ground, instead of breaking countless window panes in the locality”. For Amit Uniyal, the Chandigarh boy, life has been about struggle as much as it has been about cricket. He moved away from the city to play Ranji Trophy for Punjab and then as he realised ‘the ways’ in which cricket is at times run in this country, he moved to the rebel Indian Cricket League.

Cricket trials
Panchkula, March 19
The Twenty20 Cricket Association, Haryana, will conduct trials to select probables for the 1st Under-13 National Twenty20 Cricket Championship on March 23 at 11 am at Hans Raj Public School, Sector 6, here.


9 health sub-centres for colonies
Chandigarh, March 19
The UT administration will establish nine sub-centres under the department of family welfare in the city. UT health secretary Krishna Mohan said the centres would be set up at Vikas Nagar, Faidan village, colony No. 4, colony No. 5, Nehru Colony, Bapu Dham Colony, Raipur Khurd, Kishangarh and Indira Colony.

Experts dwell on eye disorders
Chandigarh, March 19
The second founders’ day continuing medical education programme of the advanced eye centre of the PGI was inaugurated by director Dr K.K. Talwar here yesterday. Dr Anita Agarwal, retina specialist from the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, Nashville (USA), delivered the founders’ day address.


Robbers injure woman, held
Panchkula, March 19
The Panchkula police arrested two robbers within minutes after they injured a housewife and fled when their robbery bid was foiled as the victim raised alarm here today. The accused have been identified as Babul and Vipin, both residents of Chandigarh.

Two motor cycles stolen
Chandigarh, March 19
Two motorcycles were stolen from the city while thieves decamped with mobile phones from a shop in grain market, Sector 26, last night.

The site where constable Manjit Singh (right) was attacked by another constable and his wife in Mohali on Wednesday. Cop, wife booked for assaulting constable
Mohali, March 19
A Punjab police constable and his wife have been booked for attempt to murder after the couple allegedly attacked and seriously injured another constable in the police complex in Sector 66 here this morning.

The site where constable Manjit Singh (right) was attacked by another constable and his wife in Mohali on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph


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