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Home Secy’s Post
Centre rejects UT panel

Chandigarh, April 2
Rejecting the UT panel for the post of home secretary, the Central Government has asked the Chandigarh administration to seek a fresh panel from the Haryana Government. The decision follows the rejection of the name of R.K. Khullar, an IAS officer of the 1988 batch, by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

Admn Largesse
Ragpickers have CHB favour
Chandigarh, April 2
When it comes to misplaced priorities, nobody can match the Chandigarh administration. Even as thousands of residents can only dream of a multi-storeyed flat in CHB schemes, the administration is set to shower largesse on over 300 ragpickers by rehabilitating them in prefabricated structures on prime land in Sector 56 here.
Prefabricated structures that are to be allotted to ragpickers in Sector 56

Prefabricated structures that are to be allotted to ragpickers in Sector 56.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

With mercury rising, these geese cool off at the Chhat Bir Zoo near Chandigarh
In Unison: With mercury rising, these geese cool off at the Chhat Bir Zoo near Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu


Special children at an autism awareness campaign at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh
Special children at an autism awareness campaign at the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Promotion lure takes hockey stars to examination hall
Chandigarh, April 2
The prospects of departmental promotion have forced hockey forwards Rajpal Singh and Prabhjot Singh to pull out of the forthcoming Four-Nation Hockey Tournament at Perth and Darwin from April 24. With the clash of examination dates with those of the tournament, both key players of the Indian team have preferred to take their graduation examination over the tournament.

School lists fag out parents
Chandigarh, April 2
It is that time of the year again and parents are going from stationery shops to uniform outlets, armed with the ‘sacred list’ of school items. Parents are usually instructed to buy these items from shops that have a monopoly on such business. There is no uniformity in the cost of book sets for the same class of different schools.


Changing facet of Sector 17
Buildings being redone illegally              
Chandigarh, April 2
Traders in Sector 17 cannot simply wait for the verdict of the Chandigarh administration on revising building bylaws and building controls.

Scaffolding at the facade of a building in Sector 17, Chandigarh, in blatant violation of the law. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

MC may take care of PU parks, roads
Chandigarh, April 2
Panjab University students and residents can look forward to better civic amenities in near future. Thanks to a proposal sent by the area councillor, Anu Chatrath, Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, is most likely to take the maintenance of the parks and roads.

Scaffolding at the facade of a building in Sector 17, Chandigarh, in blatant violation of the law

Bird abattoir to come up in Industrial Area
Chandigarh, April 2
The slaughterhouse in Industrial Area is going to get additional land for setting up a bird slaughtering unit. Similarly, the administration has sought comments from the municipal corporation on its proposal to create a dog pound in Dadu Majra colony.

Water Shortage
Councillor lodges complaint against EO
Mohali, April 2
Kuljit Singh Bedi, the municipal councillor for Phase 3B2 has complained to the minister for local bodies Manoranjan Kalia, that various works of his ward are not being carried out by the council’s executive officer.

Armoured regiment celebrates silver jubilee
Chandigarh, April 2
The three-day silver jubilee celebrations of the 5 Armoured Regiment began with an impressive free-fall para jump by a special force unit followed by a dog show and a cycle polo match somewhere in the Western Sector today. The regiment was raised at Jodhpur on December 1, 1983.

Parks to be spruced up in Mohali
Mohali, April 2
Parks in the township will soon have a spruced look. After months of uncertainty, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), has received an overwhelming response to the tenders floated for the development of over 115 parks in the township.

Police team attacked with stones
Chandigarh, April 2
A police team from Parwanoo and Pinjore was made to run for cover after the gang that the team had come to arrest attacked them with stones at Mauli Jagran, here this morning.

Journalists protest Bathinda lathi-charge
Chandigarh, April 2
Mediapersons from various organisations held a rally at Sector 17 plaza here this afternoon. They were protesting against the recent ill-treatment of journalists at Bathinda.

Cleanliness drive
Chandigarh, April 2
The municipal corporation today decided to launch a month-long cleanliness drive in the city from April 4. Mayor Pardeep Chhabra told TNS that the drive would be launched in five phases.


Students take a look at the pictures displayed during an exhibition on adolescent drug de-addiction at Government College in Sector 46, Chandigarh
Students take a look at the pictures displayed during an exhibition on adolescent drug de-addiction at Government College in Sector 46, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Children to explore creativity at ‘Orange Pumpkin’
Chandigarh, April 2
To help the kids explore their creative instincts in the field of “Creating Animation,” a two-member squad, comprising Manpal Setia and Divya Raghuvanshi, has designed a novel competition for school children.

Reena tops scholarship exam
Chandigarh, April 2
Reena of Vedic Girls School, Mani Majra, stood first in the Class-V Scholarship Examination-2008 conducted by the Chandigarh education department.

Dr Datta is PEC director
Chandigarh, April 2
Dr Manoj Datta today assumed charge as director of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) here today. He was working as professor of civil engineering at the IIT, Delhi. He held the office of the dean (alumni affairs and international programmes) at the IIT from 2004 to 2007.

Programme on self-discovery
Chandigarh, April 2
Following the overwhelming response to Isha Foundation's flagship yoga programme that ended on April 1, another inner engineering programme has been scheduled from April 3 to 6 at CII Convention Hall, Sector 31-A.


Man gets life term for murder
Chandigarh, April 2
UT district and sessions judge K.K. Garg today sentenced Gurmeet Singh to life imprisonment for murdering Inderjit Singh. A fine of Rs 10,000 was also imposed on him. The court also awarded an imprisonment of 10 years to the accused for attempting to murder Boota Singh. Both sentences will run concurrently.

Lawyer groups call it truce
Mohali, April 2
With the efforts of Justice M.M. Kumar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the two groups of lawyers at the district courts here have now united. Justice Kumar had constituted a committee of lawyers last week to sort out the differences among the members and enroll members for fresh elections to a single united district bar association.


Lone blood bank awaits licence renewal
Kharar, April 2
Mohali’s only blood bank at Kharar civil hospital, which caters to the need of private as well as government hospitals in the district, awaits renewal of its licence for the past one year. The blood bank is operating without licence for want of preliminary inspection by district drug inspector Pradeep Mattoo.


ITF Men's Circuit
5 Indians in quarterfinals
Chandigarh, April 2
Establishing their supremacy, five Indian players, including top seed Rohan Bopanna, Vivek Shokeen, teenager Yuki Bhambri, Harsh Mankad and Divij Sharan, have moved into the quarterfinals of $10,000 India F5 Futures ITF Men's Circuit being played at Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association Stadium, Sector 10 here, today.

Increase the number of ITF tournaments: Shokeen
Chandigarh, April 2
“Our country is full of talent but somehow we lag behind at the higher level due to some shortcomings,” feels tennis player Vivek Shokeen. Delhi-based Vivek, who is in town to participate in the ongoing $10,000 India F5 Futures ITF Men's Circuit at CLTA Stadium in Sector 10 here.

Cricket Tourney
Harjit steers GNPS Academy to win
Chandigarh, April 2
With his half-century (58), Harjit Singh steered his CCA-Guru Nanak Public School Academy, Sector 36, to win after defeating APJ Academy, Kharar, by 30 runs in the Chandigarh Under-13 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament at St Stephen's School ground, Sector 45 here, today.

Cricket trials today
Chandigarh, April 2
Trials for the Chandigarh team for the upcoming under-13 twenty20 cricket national tournament would be conducted tomorrow at the Sector-16 cricket stadium here at 3.30 pm while trials to select the Haryana ATC under-13 team will be conducted on April 5 at St Soldiers School, Sector 16, Panchkula, at 3 pm.

U-16 team selected
Chandigarh, April 2
Following probables have been selected by the Chandigarh Cricket Association affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association during their trials for the under-16 team.

Player does a monkey after rage fit
Chandigarh, April 2
High drama was witnessed today at Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association  courts, Sector 10, when a Russian player climbed up a tree to get his racquet back. In a bizarre incident, Kumantsov Andrey of Russia hurled his racquet in a fit of rage after losing a match, as a result of which it got stuck in a tree adjoining the court.
Kumantsov Andrey climbs up the tree, balances on the branch and comes down at CLTA, Chandigarh
Kumantsov Andrey climbs up the tree, balances on the branch and comes down at CLTA, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. — Tribune photos by Manoj Mahajan


Muscular dystrophy patients hold get-together
Chandigarh, April 2
The Indian Muscular Dystrophy Association held its annual get-together at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, here, yesterday. Patients from various parts of Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh participated.


4 shopkeepers duped of Rs 14 lakh
Panchkula, April 2
Two persons posing as doctors from the PGI, Chandigarh, duped four shopkeepers of the city of more than Rs 14 lakh. However, another shopkeeper managed to save himself by not taking a cheque against the goods from the unidentified accused.

Man held for eve-teasing
Chandigarh, April 2
Pawan Kumar, a resident of Ram Darbar, has been arrested by the police from Sector 22 on charges of eve-teasing. A case under Section 294 of the IPC has been registered at the police station-17.

Moga resident held for impersonation
Chandigarh, April 2
Jagroop Singh of Moga was arrested by the police from Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, on charges of impersonation and cheating this morning. Jagroop Singh had come to the college to take BA-I English examination on behalf of Manoj Kumar.

Body found near CTU workshop
Chandigarh, April 2
The body of an unidentified man in his mid-60s was found from near the CTU workshop in the Industrial Area here this morning. The police said the incident came to light at around 9.30 am. No visible injury marks were found on the body.


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