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4 Delhi men killed in mishap
Panchkula, April 5
This is what remains of a Maruti Zen car that collided with an Army truck on the Panchkula-Kalka road on Saturday. Four persons were killed when their car collided head-on with an Army truck on the Panchkula-Kalka highway early this morning. The deceased have been identified as Arun Datta (30), Rakesh (47), Kuldip (59) and Satish (40), all residents of Delhi. They were on their way to Shimla.

This is what remains of a Maruti Zen car that collided with an Army truck on the Panchkula-Kalka road on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Cops thrash boy for stealing Rs 300
Chandigarh, April 5
The police and the public bashed up a nine-year-old boy for allegedly stealing Rs 300. The boy had come to the city with his mother from whom he got separated. “I have come from Patna,” he said.

Four Pups Drown
The anguish of a ‘mother’
Chandigarh, April 5
Firemen and shopkeepers today displayed rare compassion and called for a JCB machine for carrying out a rescue operation to save four pups from drowning in Sector 29-C here. But even after breaking the pipe at several places, they could not bring them out alive.


Drugs forced Kamaldeep into crime
Chandigarh, April 5
Drug addiction and disturbed married life pushed Kamaldeep into crime. The 26-year-old youth was arrested by the Special Crime Investigation Cell, yesterday for his alleged involvement in a number of snatching incidents that occurred in the city.

Temp dips by 7 degrees
Chandigarh, April 5
Temperatures dropped sharply across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh today, forcing people to take out their woollens. Even though there was rain and fall in temperature by 7 degrees, people enjoyed a sunny afternoon today. According to the met department, Chandigarh received 16 mm of rainfall.

WOOLLENS ARE OUT AGAIN: Tourists visit Rock Garden during the rain in Chandigarh on Saturday morning. Tribune photo by Karam Singh


Protest at liquor vend, three arrested
Residents of Sectors 8 and 9 protest against the opening of a liquor vend near their locality in Panchkula on Saturday. Panchkula, April 5
The police today arrested three persons Mansa Ram, Ram Pal and Rajiv, all residents of Sectors 8 and 9, for damaging the property of a liquor vend and manhandling its workers. They were protesting against the opening of a liquor vend near their locality.

Residents of Sectors 8 and 9 protest against the opening of a liquor vend near their locality in Panchkula on Saturday. Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Conversion Fee
CIC seeks status report from Principal AG
Chandigarh, April 5
The issue of Chandigarh administration “wrongly” diverting money earned from the conversion of industrial plots has been taken to the Central Information Commission (CIC).

It’s light rail system, not metro
Chandigarh, April 5
It is not metro. Rather, the Expert Committee on Mass Rapid Transit System has suggested the light rail based system for Chandigarh and neigbouring urban centres in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

Bhupinder Singh Nanda while releasing his book ‘Try Room’ at the Chandigarh Press Club on Saturday. ‘Try Room’ released
Chandigarh, April 5
Meaningful deliberations on the contemporary literary scene by eminent scholars marked the release of a Punjabi book titled "Try Room", a maiden anthology of short stories authored by the septuagenarian writer Bhupinder Singh Nanda at a function held under the aegis of Punjabi Sahit Sabha at Chandigarh Press Club here today.

Bhupinder Singh Nanda while releasing his book ‘Try Room’ at the Chandigarh Press Club on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Land Acquisition
Farmers stage protest
Chandigarh, April 5
The Manimajra Farmers and Environment Protection Society today staged a protest against the acquisition of land for the IT park, here. The protest was organised near the venue of the foundation stone laying ceremony of Parsvnath Housing Project by the UT Administrator, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd).

Seminar on human rights
Chandigarh, April 5
“Poverty is the biggest violator of human rights,” former Chief Justice of Delhi Court Rajinder Sachar stated this at a seminar organised at English auditorium in Panjab University today. The topic of the seminar organised by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) was “Human Rights-Challenges and Perspective.”

Tribune journalist bereaved
Chandigarh, April 5
Harbans Kaur Bains, 65, wife of Surinder Singh Bains, a former Supervisor with The Tribune, and mother of Paramvir Singh Bains, a Senior Sub-editor, The Tribune, died at her residence 46-B, Swasthik Vihar, Mansa Devi Complex, Sector-5, Panchkula, around 11.30 pm today. Her cremation will take place at the cremation ground, Manimajra, at 2 pm tomorrow. TNS

Central status for PU
I fully support the demand for a Central status for Panjab University (PU) and am shocked over the politics being played over the issue. I wonder if all those who consider it to be a political matter, have ever made a sincere effort to clinch the issue of Chandigarh’s status. The dubious status of Chandigarh among union territories had suited the political bosses and academicians till date. Moreover, when Allahabad University was made a Central one, did Allahabad stop belonging to Uttar Pradesh?


Fee Hike
Noose tightened around private schools
Chandigarh, April 5
The Chandigarh administration has devised a control mechanism to monitor the fee structure of city’s private schools. A policy in this regard has been formulated by the administrative officials’ committee, headed by finance-cum-education secretary Sanjay Kumar. The committee, through DPI (S), will ask private schools to submit their fee structure statement within 15 days.

A lab to prepare for AIEEE aspirants
Chandigarh, April 5
Are you ready for the experimental skills segment included for the first time in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) 2008? If not, then there is still time to find a way out! For, a fully equipped lab for practical application has been installed in Sector 2, Panchkula.

Badal addresses law graduates
Chandigarh, April 5
Calling upon advocates and jurists to play a pro-active role in dispensing affordable and speedy justice for the poor and needy, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said the legal fraternity should discharge their duties with commitment, dedication and sincerity in the larger public interest.

PU mulls admitting students with less than 20 pc
Chandigarh, April 5
Despite repeated assertions by vice-chairman of the UGC Prof Moolchand Sharma that academic excellence in higher education should be a rule rather than exception, the university is contemplating giving provisional admissions to students with less than 20 per cent marks in Class XII PSEB board examinations.

PU gives special chance to reappear
Chandigarh, April 5
The PU syndicate has approved a one-time concession of granting a special chance to those students of business management and commerce, who could not clear their reappear paper and pass in aggregate in any or all papers, including internal papers such as seminar papers and workshop papers (excluding research project and viva-voce), in any of the semesters.


HC cases to be categorised for expeditious disposal
Chandigarh, April 5
In an attempt to expedite the disposal of cases, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has created three categories of fast, normal and slow tracks. For the purpose, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Case Flow Management Rules, applicable to both high court and subordinate courts, have been amended.

HC case information at e-centres soon
Chandigarh, April 5
Travelling without your laptop, or not having a computer at all? You will still be able to log on to the status of pending cases, or know the details of the new ones by simply going to the one of the “e-centres” in this part of the region.

District Court
Two sentenced to 3-yr RI
Chandigarh, April 5
District and Sessions Judge, Ravi Kumar Sondhi, today sentenced Mohan Chand and Amit Demonty to three years imprisonment for causing grievous injuries to Narinder Singh.


3-day sports event at Siel Chemical
Rajpura, April 5
The first Inter-Unit Competitions (IUC) of Siel Chemicals kicked off in style at Siel Chemical Complex here. The three-day event includes Twenty20 Cricket Tournament between six teams of various units of the company along with cultural competitions.

Nangal MLA alleges misuse of MC funds
Ropar, April 5
The former MLA from the Nangal constituency has misused Municipal Council (MC) funds to the tune of Rs 20 lakh, exposing gross violation of law and order.

Fleecing of Public
Capt Kanwaljit asks DC to probe
Kharar, April 5
Taking serious note of alleged fleecing of the public during the lok Suvidha camp held in Kharar on Thursday, cooperation minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh has marked an inquiry to Mohali deputy commissioner H.I.S. Grewal.

Camp for hadicapped
Bassi Pathana, April 5
The Physically Handicapped Association will hold a state-level multipurpose camp for welfare of the handicapped at Sant Namdev Kanya Maha Vidalaya, Bassi Pathana, on April 13.


Tejas, Pranjal, Mehul steal the show
Chandigarh, April 5
Tejas Nagpal, Pranjal Kaura, and Mehul Jotshi led the table in the first Kids’ Own Prize Money Children’s Chess Carnival 2008 for boys and girls in the under-15 and under-11 categories started at Kids’ Own Centre, Sector 17, today.

Golf Club elections today
Chandigarh, April 5
About 1,000 golfers of the region will converge on the Chandigarh Golf Club tomorrow to select a new team that will manage the greens and the club affairs for 2008-09. Bains, principal secretary, local government, Punjab, in his vision statement says he will pay complete attention on the improvement of the course. With the Hura Committee report coming down heavily on excessive expenditure, both teams are promising transparency on expenditure.


Paramedical project needs a checkup
Chandigarh, April 5
More than one-and-a-half years after the National Institute of Paramedical Sciences and the PGI joined hands to set up a project to acquaint paramedics with the latest know-how in the field, the infrastructure to teach the 100-odd students is far from satisfactory.

Experts dwell on ways to tackle cancer
Chandigarh, April 5
Samadhan III, a symposium on ‘How to tackle cancer menace in Punjab’ was organised at ICSSR Complex, Panjab University campus, here today.


Vehicle stolen from Sector 32
Chandigarh, April 5
Harpreet Singh, a resident of Sector 32, has reported to the police that his car (CH-01-Q-6521) was stolen on April 3 from outside his residence. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered in Police Station-34.

2 killed in accidents
Chandigarh, April 5 Pawan Kumar, 26-year-old youth of Burail, died after ramming into an electric pole at Sector 50, here last evening. The injured was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where the doctors declared him brought dead.


BSNL’s directory released
Chandigarh, April 5
Chief general manager, Punjab telecom circle, at a function held at the Haryana Niwas, released main issue of BSNL’s telephone directory of Chandigarh. It will be available for distribution to customers at all the customer service centers here from April 15.

Finance panel visits CRRID
Chandigarh, April 5
Members of the 13th Finance Commission visited the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) here today and held interactive sessions with experts on “Special problems and development prospects of border areas of north Indian states”.


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