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P’kula MC chief poll put off 
The deputy commissioner told the councillors that the SDM had postponed the election as they had not reached the venue on time

Panchkula, April 28
While the Congress has failed to reach a consensus on its candidate for the post of Panchkula MC president, the confusion between the INLD and the BJP over the quorum led to the postponing of the election for the post here today.
Councillors of the BJP and the INLD at the office of the SDM in Panchkula NOT FUNNY: Councillors of the BJP and the INLD at the office of the SDM in Panchkula on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Negligence costs GMCH Rs 10 lakh 
Chandigarh, April 28
The Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the GMCH-32 to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to complainants from Ambala.

Safai karamcharis burn leaves near Punjab and Haryana Secretariat Safai karamcharis burn leaves near  Haryana Chief Minister’s residence in Chandigarh
BAN UP IN SMOKE: Safai karamcharis burn leaves near Punjab and Haryana Secretariat and Haryana Chief Minister’s residence in Chandigarh on Monday, in violation of a ban imposed on the same. Tribune photo by Karam Singh


Schools default on quota admissions
Chandigarh, April 28
Efforts of the Chandigarh administration to facilitate children belonging to the economically weaker sections would come to nought unless a concrete policy is framed by the administration regarding the proper implementation of the scheme.

No old numbers for new vehicles
Chandigarh, April 28
Owners of old vehicle registration numbers will not be able to retain the numbers for new vehicles from now on.



F&CC Meeting
Essential services take back seat
Move to purchase vehicles shot down
Chandigarh, April 28
Essential services, including water supply and streetlights, will continue to elude the city residents, as the finance and contract committee (F&CC) of the municipal corporation today rejected proposal for purchasing new vehicles pertaining to the departments concerned.
Members of the Footpath Cycles Workers Union hold a protest against the municipal corporation in Sector 20, Chandigarh
UP IN ARMS: Members of the Footpath Cycles Workers Union hold a protest against the municipal corporation in Sector 20, Chandigarh, on Monday. The union is seeking issuance of licence to workers. A Tribune photograph

Water Panel Meeting
SDO to inspect renovated toilets

Chandigarh, April 28
The water supply and sewerage disposal committee of the Chandigarh municipal corporation today decided to get all renovated toilet blocks checked fortnightly in phases by an SDO.

Market Committee Poll
Cong, BJP to battle it out for chairman’s post

Chandigarh, April 28
With Congress and BJP candidates being elected directors of the market committee here today, it is going to be virtual face-off between minister of state for finance Pawan Bansal and his bete noire, senior BJP leader Satya Pal Jain, for the election to the post of the chairman.

Attendance at RLA to go biometric
Chandigarh, April 28
The registering and licensing (RLA) department is all set to install biometric attendance system for its staff at its office.

Schools for brick-kiln workers on anvil
Panchkula, April 28
In order to uplift their living conditions as well as making them aware of their rights, the district administration has decided to start ‘bhattha pathshalas’ at 39 brick-kilns in the district.

Akali faction pulls out of BJP-led protest
Chandigarh, April 28
A day after the BJP and the SAD announced strike on May 2 in protest against price rise, fissures appeared in the local SAD unit today with a section expressing its desire not to participate in the protest.

IT collection up by 39 pc
Chandigarh, April 28
Tax collection in the North-West region, consisting of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Chandigarh, exceeded budget targets of Rs 9,699 crore by Rs 45 crore in 2007-08 showing a 39 per cent growth over last year.

Alert cops save drowning man
Chandigarh, April 28
The alertness of cops deployed at Sukhna Lake saved the life of Ashwani Jindal, a resident of Sector 28, at Sukhna Lake here this evening.

Poster contest on ills of tobacco
Chandigarh, April 28
The Sahayta Cancer Sahyog is organising a poster-making competition depicting the harmful effects of tobacco which may lead to cancer.

Death of Girl
Report sought from PSEB
Chandigarh, April 28
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has asked the PSEB, Patiala, to give a report on a girl being charred to death due to electric shock at a school in Ludhiana. Taking suo motu cognizance of a news that had appeared in an English daily, the PSHRC stated that the content of the news not only showed the callousness and negligence on part of the authorities of the board but reflected violation of human rights. — TNS

Start routes from P’kula to ISBT-43


Dance fiesta by INIFD students
Chandigarh, April 28
Parvathy Omanakuttan, Miss India World-2008, with students of the INIFD in Chandigarh The couplet “Nahin mohtaaz zevar ka jisse khoobi khuda ne di” by an Urdu poet is seemingly a veritable compliment to the persona of vivacious and versatile young beauty Partvathy Omanakuttan, the Femina Miss India World-2008. Born and raised in the natural and beautiful environs of Kerala, Parvathy had her grooming in Mumbai. 

TAKE ON THE WORLD: Parvathy Omanakuttan, Miss India World-2008, with students of the INIFD in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

8 more join chain fast at PU
Manpreet to hold meeting with PUTA representatives today
Students and teachers of Panjab University at a chain fast in ChandigarhChandigarh, April 28
Eight teachers and students of Panjab University joined the chain fast, which was started to demand the central university status for the university, on its 22nd day today. Dr Naresh Tuli from the department of geology, Dr J.K. Goswami from the UIET, Dr Ameer Sultana and Dr Manvinder Kaur, both from the Centre for Women Studies, joined the fast. 

Students and teachers of Panjab University at a chain fast in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Sanchit best debater
Chandigarh, April 28
Sanchit Kumar of host St Stephen's School was adjudged the best speaker during the Sgt Uday Singh memorial debate competition held at the school auditorium in Sector 45 here today.

City student wins laurels
Chandigarh, April 28
Abhinav Sharma, a Class-XII student of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16, has become the only student from the city to grab the runners-up position in the Race for Awareness and Knowledge Award 2007-08.

NIIFT for Ludhiana soon
Mohali, April 28
In view of the heavy demand for fashion-related courses, another Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT) will be opened by the Punjab government in Ludhiana.


Quark Engineer’s Murder
HC rejects wife’s bail plea
Chandigarh, April 28
Over two years after Neki Nalwa was accused of being involved in the murder of her husband Sukhvinderjit Singh, an engineer with Quark, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has rejected her bail plea. Seeking the grant of bail before Justice R.S. Madan, Nalwa’s counsel had claimed that the petitioner had been implicated in the case.

Graft Case
Accused Goel’s wife deposes in court

Chandigarh, April 28
The statement of Anu Goel, wife of K.B. Goel involved in an alleged corruption case, was recorded today in the court of Special CBI Judge, Jagdeep Jain.


Day 2: No govt support for fire victims
Kharar, April 28
A day after around a hundred jhuggis were reduced to ashes in a major fire incident in Adarsh colony here, hundreds of people, most of them daily-wagers, were rendered homeless on Sunday afternoon.

Daily wage earner electrocuted
Kharar, April 28
Eighteen-year-old Babu Jaan, a resident of Palsora working in Chandigarh, got electrocuted in Adarsh Colony, Balongi, today. Babu was working on the terrace of a house under construction, which belongs to Pawan Kumar, a retired Panjab University employee. Babu had been working under a contractor Akhtar Hussain for the last five months.

ITI students protest privatisation
Rajpura, April 28
Students of Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) today held yet another protest against the decision of the state government to hand over the ITIs to private players.

Drugs seized
Patiala, April 28
A team of the Patiala civil surgeon’s office raided a hideout in Tripuri and confiscated a large cache of intoxicating drugs worth lakhs of rupees.

22 years on, Patiala flying club gets new machine
Patiala, April 28
With the Patiala flying club acquiring the state’s first four-seater state-of-the-art Cessna 172 aircraft, Punjab has finally figured on the national advanced aviation training map. Albeit flying is on in the club since its inception, no new flying machine had been procured for the past around 22 years.

Commission agents meet DC
Bassi Pathana, April 28
A delegation of commission agents, led by Rajesh Singla, press secretary, State Arthia Association, today met deputy commissioner Ashok Singla and brought certain difficulties being faced by them to his notice.


Gurukul skaters bag top honours
Skaters from The Gurukul School display their medals in ChandigarhPanchkula, April 28
Skaters of The Gurukul School confirmed their supremacy by reaping a rich haul of medals in the 2nd Open Skating Carnival that concluded at the Blue Bird School, Sector 16, yesterday.

Skaters from The Gurukul School display their medals in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Kang, Manav set for Jaypee Open
Chandigarh, April 28
Harjinder Singh Kang of Chandigarh is all set to take on the might of in-form Abhishek Jha when a star-studded field tees off in the LG Jaypee Open at the Jaypee Greens Golf Resort in Greater Noida on Tuesday.

Aggression should be controlled: McGrath
Chandigarh, April 28
Former Australian speedster Glenn McGrath, known for his aggression as a fast bowler, has a piece of suggestion for cricketers: “Play aggressively but don’t cross the line”.

After Gill, fraternity for focus on hockey
Chandigarh, April 28
Who will be next in line? This is the question rattling the local hockey connoisseurs following suspension of Indian Hockey Federation supremo K.P.S. Gill by the Indian Olympic Association today.

Match over, barricades remain
Mohali, April 28
A day after the IPL match, the Mohali police seems to be least bothered to lift the barricades from outside the PCA Stadium, which is effecting the flow of the vehicular traffic. The police has not cleared the place around the stadium and seem to be waiting for the next match to be played at the venue. The match is scheduled for May 3 while the last match will be played here on May 28.


Phase-II resident booked for rape
Mohali, April 28
A resident of Phase II was today booked on charges of rape and cheating.

Two cars stolen
Chandigarh, April 28
Two vehicles have been stolen from the city during the past 24 hours.



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