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ITBP man dies in blast
Grenade goes off at firing range, 9 injured
Panchkula, May 2
An ITBP man was killed and nine others seriously injured when a hand grenade went off prematurely during a training session at the Naraingarh firing range, near here, today. It was the second such incident in the past two months.
The Naraingarh firing range where the grenade explosion took place The Naraingarh firing range where the grenade explosion took place on Friday.
— A Tribune photograph

Death knell for Sukhna
Chandigarh, May 2
Official apathy and global warming is spelling doom for Sukhna Lake. Days are not far when comedian Jaspal Bhatti would do a retake of 1985 when he played cricket on the parched bed of the lake.

A view of the dried up bed of the Sukhna Lake ‘Silt a boon for boating’

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A view of the dried up bed of the Sukhna Lake.
— Tribune photo by Karam Singh


A problem of plenty at High Court
Chandigarh, May 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court is striving hard to do justice to its new judges. Though six advocates are expected to be sworn in as judges sometime this month, the infrastructure still needs to be elevated.

Sector 63 Housing Scheme
Flaws in CHB design blueprint
Chandigarh, May 2
Allottees of one-room dwelling units under the Sector 63 scheme of the CHB will have no privacy. The CHB seems to setting new standards in faulty planning and design if one goes by the “defective designs” of its 1,976 flats.

Small is beautiful
Chandigarh, May 2
Chandigarh residents are going the metro way for their housing needs. The response to the general housing scheme of the CHB in Sector 63, a majority of applicants have applied for one-room and one-bedroom apartments.


UT, Haryana to hold joint demarcation
Chandigarh, May 2
The Chandigarh administration and Haryana Government today decided to undertake a joint demarcation of the boundary between Chandigarh and Panchkula. The area adjoining the IT habitat being developed by Parsavnath in Chandigarh IT Park runs parallel to the inter-state boundary.

Roads bear the brunt of stand-off
Panchkula, May 2
The stand-off between crusher-owners and the mining department is set to deprive Panchkula residents of good roads for a few more months. Roads in Panchkula, as well as in other parts of district, are in dire need of repair but the mining department and crusher-owners have locked horns over the issue of reserved price of bid for quarries, leading to alleged shortage of raw material.

Fire at marketing unit
Chandigarh, May 2
Crockery and electric appliances worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a fire which broke out at G.M. Marketing in Phase 2 of the Industrial Area here this evening. This is the second fire in two consecutive days.

Firemen try to control the blaze in the Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh, on Friday evening. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Firemen try to control the blaze in the Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh, on Friday evening

Poor coordination, admits fire officer
Chandigarh, May 2
Not learning anything from yesterday’s fire incident, lack of coordination among members of the fire department delayed operations. Those present at the plot alleged that it took 40 minutes for fire engines to reach the spot.

‘Missing’ girl appears in Mohali SDM’s office
Mohali, May 2
The 15-year-old girl who had disappeared under mysterious circumstances from Patiala SDM Gurmeet Singh’s house in Phase X appeared before the Mohali SDM, here today.

Priest succumbs to burns
Chandigarh, May 2
The priest of Kajheri village who was set on fire by a group of eight persons two days ago succumbed to his burns at the PGI early this morning. In his statement before the magistrate, the priest had alleged that Pinki along with other members of the village had set him on fire.
The wife of the priest being escorted by the women police in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
The wife of the priest being escorted by the women police in Chandigarh

‘We feel unsafe’
Chandigarh, May 2
In the absence of proper norms set by the Chandigarh administration, members of the Bevalya Poojak Parishad have expressed fear for the lives of priests following the setting of a priest on fire inside a temple at Kajheri village.

Election code sours anniversary celebrations
Mohali, May 2
The grand plans made by the SAS Nagar administration to celebrate the 285th birth anniversary of Jassa Singh Ramgarhia in Mohali on May 5 have gone for a toss. The Punjab State Election Commission has reportedly decided not to allow the celebrations in view of the model code of conduct that is in force for the forthcoming zila parishad and block samiti elections.

Youth prefer Internet to print media: Dickenson
Chandigarh, May 2
Technology is changing the face of the US media with Internet replacing print media for information dissemination among the younger generation, veteran American journalist James Richard Dickenson said here today.

Rly component facility at Baddi
Chandigarh, May 2
Global leaders in on-board systems for railways, Faiveley Transport, has set up its facility at Baddi, with an investment of Rs 50 crore. This is the second facility to be set up by the company in India.

Pay panel a farce, say ex-servicemen
Chandigarh, May 2
Terming the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission a mockery, a section of ex-servicemen here have said that the review committee set up is not acceptable to them as it comprises only bureaucrats.

BJP bandh evokes poor response
Chandigarh, May 2
The nationwide bandh called by the BJP to protest against price rise evoked a poor response in the city here today. Shops, commercial establishments and markets remained closed in most parts of the city and its suburbs in response to the bandh, which was also supported by the Shromani Akali Dal.

P’kula BJP leaders oblivious to bandh call
Panchkula, May 2
Albeit the BJP has plans to make the price rise issue their main plank during the forthcoming general elections, as well as the by-elections to be held in the state on May 22, the party’s local leaders remained oblivious to the call for a nationwide bandh by their senior leaders, here today.

900 jhuggis razed
Chandigarh, May 2
As many as 900 jhuggis were demolished in an anti-encroachment drive carried out in Sector 38 West here today. An official stated that the jhuggis had come up on 20 acres of land and it was for the third time that the jhuggis had been removed from the area.

Police to go tough on corrupt officers
Chandigarh, May 2
To encourage transparency, the Chandigarh police has decided to act tough on officials who are involved in corruption. SSP S.S. Srivastava said the dismissal of these officials would discourage others from indulging in such activities.


Scarcity of Books
NCERT needs to set distribution system right
Chandigarh, May 2
The new academic session has started for over a month now, but the much talked about "new distribution pattern" for the NCERT textbooks seems to be a non-starter. Consequently, the textbooks of primary to higher secondary classes are yet to hit the stores in Chandigarh.

Dollars no longer fancy budding managers
Chandigarh, May 2
Prospective managers are no longer nurturing dreams to earn dollars. Most of the city-based students, who belled the CAT this year, are hardly bothered about foreign placements. On the contrary, they find more competition as well as opportunities in the country.

IIM aspirants celebrate their success at a coaching centre in Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Friday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

IIM aspirants celebrate their success at a coaching centre in Sector 36, Chandigarh

26 budding actors get diplomas

Chandigarh, May 2

Those who dream to reach the pinnacle of glory by hard work and dedication and are ready to pay the price for making their aspirations come true and become successful.

Students with actor Anupam Kher at the first convocation of STEPS in Chandigarh on Friday.
— Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Students with actor Anupam Kher at the first convocation of STEPS in Chandigarh

Acting school was my dream: Kher
Chandigarh, May 2
If in the Bollywood industry of $7 billion, any struggler actor complaints of not getting a chance to prove his artistic skills, then it’s the fault of the artist and not the industry, Anupam Kher, a renowned film artist, who was in the city to attend the first convocation of the Actors School, Chandigarh, said.

PUTA to intensify stir
Chandigarh, May 2
Teachers of the department of correspondence studies of Panjab University joined the chain fast on the 26th day today. The chain fast was started on the university campus by the Joint Action Committee to demand central status for the university.

From Schools & Colleges
Students sensitised on eye donation
Chandigarh, May 2
D.S. Gurukul College of Education for Women organised an eye donation awareness camp on the college campus at Golumajra village, near Mohali, today. A team of doctors headed by Dr Manjali, senior resident from the department of eye donation, were present.

Slip-ups galore at PU examination branch
Chandigarh, May 2
The examination branch of Panjab University seems to be learning hardly any lesson from its mistakes. As such, lapses have become synonymous with the branch’s functioning at least, when it comes to the department of laws.

Colleges told not to publish prospectuses
Chandigarh, May 2
The colleges affiliated to Panjab University (PU)have been asked not to publish their prospectuses for the session 2008-09. The PU vice-chancellor gave this order in the light of pending recommendations by a committee constituted to look into the possibilities of having a uniform fee and fund structure in all colleges affiliated to PU.


Hard time for insurance companies
Simplify hidden conditions: HC
Chandigarh, May 2
Cash-rich insurance companies may soon find it tough to get away with mere assurances. Coming down heavily on the companies for dodging the settlement of claims, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked for simplification of hidden conditions.

Consumer Courts
2-yr jail for two HUDA top officials
Chandigarh, May 2
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has sentenced chief administrator, HUDA, Gurgaon, and estate officer, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Gurgaon, to two-year imprisonment for not complying with its orders. The forum has also issued non-bailable warrants against them.

Ballot box order of the day
Chandigarh, May 2
The ballot box overshadowed court work in the Punjab and Haryana High Court today, courtesy the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association elections. Hundreds of supporters of the contestants gathered outside the voting counters to woo votes towards their candidates.

Khosla elected HC Bar chief
Chandigarh, May 2
Rupinder Singh Khosla was elected president of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association, elections to which were held today. Ambika Luthra was elected joint secretary. The post of vice-president went to Paramjit Singh Khurana. Harkesh Manuja was elected secretary.

Winners of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association elections in Chandigarh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Winners of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association elections in Chandigarh

2 councillors move HC for security
Chandigarh, May 2
Two newly elected councillors of Panchkula Municipal Council Subhash Chander Nishad and Sunita Rani1, owing allegiance to Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court for security cover.

Sec 22 shop penalised Rs 5000
Chandigarh, May 2
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked the owner of a Sector-22 shop, Electro Pacific, to refund Rs 150 for overcharging a Sector-32 resident and imposed a penalty of Rs 5,000.


An overloaded tempo on the Kurali bridge, near Ropar
DANGEROUSLY PERCHED: An overloaded tempo on the Kurali bridge, near Ropar, on Friday.
— Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

PAC gets Rs 4 crore grant
Night landing facilities to be set up at the airport
Patiala, May 2
The Punjab government has earmarked Rs four crore for upgrading the Patiala airport, which would be used for setting-up night landing facilities and for purchasing two more Cessna 172 aircrafts for the Patiala Aviation Club (PAC) during the current financial year.

Panchayat Samiti, Zila Parishad Polls
SAD(A), BSP protest non-acceptance of papers
Bassi Pathana, May 2
Prospective candidates and their supporters belonging to SAD(A) and BSP today lodged a protest and raised slogans in the Bassi Pathana SDM office against the non-acceptance of their nomination papers for the panchyat samiti and zila parishad elections.

Gaiety marks KV annual day
Pinjore, May 2
With colourful regalia of diverse cultural items, Kendriya Vidyalaya, GC, CRPF, Pinjore, held their annual function in the Men’s Club (auditorium) here yesterday. The programme started with the lighting of the lamp by chief guest assistant commissioner S.S. Sherawat.

Wushu C’ship
St Joseph’s lift trophy
Ambala, May 2
The seventh Ambala district sub-junior\junior Wushu Championship (2008) was held in Judo Complex at Ambala Cantonment today. Students of St Joseph’s School, Ambala city, bagged 8 gold and 4 silver medals.


Increased spats a result of T20: Ishaant
Chandigarh, May 2
For lanky Indian speedster Ishaant Sharma, increase in on-field spats among the cricketers is a result of the aggressive T20 format. Referring to yesterday’s tiff between Saurav Ganguly and Shane Warne and the slapping episode involving Harbhajan and Sreesanth, Ishaant said, “Actually, no player intends to get involved in tiffs but sometimes, these take place just in the heat of the moment.

King Khan to miss today’s IPL encounter
Knight Riders arrive in city for tie against King’s XI
Mohali, May 2
It is disheartening news for Shah Rukh fans. If sources are to be believed, the Bollywood ‘Baadshah’ is not coming to cheer his team Kolkata Knight Riders during their match against local outfit King’s XI Punjab at Punjab Cricket Stadium here tomorrow.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ David Hussey with his companion at a hotel in Chandigarh on Friday. Also seen in the picture are Ajit Agarkar and Murali Karthik; and (right) Riders’ skipper Saurav Ganguly
Kolkata Knight Riders’ David Hussey with his companion at a hotel in Chandigarh on Friday. Also seen in the picture are Ajit Agarkar and Murali Karthik; and (right) Riders’ skipper Saurav Ganguly. — Tribune photos by Parvesh Chauhan

Rahul clinches Jaypee Open title
Manav fires day's best card to finish third
Chandigarh, May 2
Manav Das of Ambala, who is number 1 on IGU's order of merit, fired the best card of one under 71 on the final day to finish third as 21-year-old Rahul Bajaj of Noida emerged the surprise winner in the LG Jaypee Open Amateur Golf Tournament piping the overnight leader and favourite Gagan Verma by one stroke on the par-72 Jaypee Greens in Greater Noida today.


Image intensifier a boon for patients
Mohali, May 2
The local civil hospital has been equipped with an advanced image intensifier, which helps in avoiding surgical incisions while treating patients with fractures. It is claimed that such a facility is not available in secondary care civil hospitals run by the Punjab government.

Toying with young lives?
Ailing kids forced to share beds with others
Chandigarh, May 2
Infants admitted to the emergency ward of the advanced paediatric centre at the PGI live constantly under the shadow of infection. Shortage of beds and official apathy has forced them to share their beds with other patients.


Two cars stolen
Chandigarh, May 2
Ajay Gupta, a resident of Sector 22, has lodged a complaint with the police alleging that his car (CH 01 K 6804) was stolen from outside his residence yesterday. A case under Section 379, IPC, has been registered at the police station-17.


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