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MLA accuses DC of verbal abuse
Mohali, May 10
Balbir Singh Sidhu Congress MLA from Kharar Balbir Singh Sidhu has demanded registration of a case against Mohali deputy commissioner H.I.S.Grewal, who allegedly used abusive language against him and members of his family. Sidhu, who was addressing a press conference here today, also demanded that the DC should be suspended immediately.

Yograj, kin booked for duping man
Panchkula, May 10
The police has booked Yograj Singh, a former cricketer, and his wife, along with four other relatives, for allegedly cheating a person of Rs 46 lakh. Yograj is the father of Yuvraj Singh, skipper of IPL team King’s XI Punjab.

40 DAYS GONE still counting ...
Set up special committee
The process to fill the important post of home secretary should have started months in advance of repatriation of Krishna Mohan. The present situation is the outcome of poor functioning and lack of coordination between the Chandigarh Administration and Central Government.

Changes in building bylaws in offing
Chandigarh, May 10
After six years, the Chandigarh Administration is introducing major changes in the archaic building bylaws governing commercial, institutional and residential buildings across the city. With focus on need-based changes, amendments in the rules are being made keeping in mind the futuristic growth of the city.



Theft of vehicles from parking lots
Sec 17 shopkeepers demand CCTV cameras
Chandigarh, May 10
In order to curb the increasing incidence of theft of vehicles from inside the parking lots, the shopkeepers of Sector 17 have demanded that close-circuit television cameras be installed in all the parking lots of the sector.

MC carries out anti-encroachment drive
17 shopkeepers in Sec 22 rehri market booked
Chandigarh, May 10
Coming down heavily on habitual offenders encroaching upon municipal corporation land, the enforcement wing of the corporation has launched a sustained campaign against violators in rehri markets across the city.

Enforcement officials argue with a shopkeeper in the Sector 22 Shastri Market, Chandigarh, on Saturday. The shopkeeper resisted the officials from taking away his goods. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Enforcement officials argue with a shopkeeper in the Sector 22 Shastri Market, Chandigarh

Signboards clutter Mohali green belts
Maintenance work given scant attention
Mohali, May 10
The plan of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and the municipal council to beautify the town by handing over maintenance of green belts to private parties has backfired, with signboards springing up all over. This has not only added to the ‘visual pollution’ but is also distracting road-users.

Signboards that distract road-users dot Mohali roads. — Tribune photo by Vicky Gharu

Signboards that distract road-users dot Mohali roads

Servant verification drive a nonstarter
Chandigarh, May 10
The much-touted servant verification drive by the Chandigarh police has proved to be nonstarter. Getting just 3 per cent response from other states’ police in verification cases, the scheme is not achieving the desired results.

City moves a step closer to having tourist police
Chandigarh, May 10
Chandigarh has moved a step closer to having the tourist police with the first batch of the police personnel starting its training at the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management (CIHM) here today.

Girls select greeting cards on the eve of Mother’s Day in Sector 19, Chandigarh
Girls select greeting cards on the eve of Mother’s Day in Sector 19, Chandigarh, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Sec 26 Grain Market roof collapse
Police fails to fix responsibility after eleven months
Chandigarh, May 10
Even after 11 months of the roof collapse in the Sector 26 Grain Market, in which two persons were killed and several others were injured, the Chandigarh police has failed to fix responsibility on anyone for the disaster.

Rs 5-lakh award for DRDO director
Chandigarh, May 10
A city scientist, now settled in Delhi, has again discovered fame in scientific breakthroughs. A year after Rs 10 lakh award for “performance excellence” was conferred upon Dr S.K. Vasudeva and his team, they have again been honoured with “Special Award for Strategic Contribution” of Rs 5 lakh.

Zirakpur has multiplexes, no fire station
Zirakpur, May 9
Even though Zirakpur skyline has undergone a colossal change over the past couple of years with multi-storied residential complexes and shopping malls coming up on farms lands, fire-fighting facilities have failed to develop proportionately.

Toll Plaza incident
DC to inquire SDM’s misbehaviour
Chandigarh, May 10
The issue of allegedly slapping of employees of the Toll Plaza at Dera Bassi on May 5 by the Mohali SDM has been today formally reported to the district DC, Harjit Inder Singh Grewal, who has decided to enquire into the case personally.

DC-MLA row: Liquor vends closed till May 15
Mohali, May 10
In what is largely being seen as a result of the rift between Mohali DC H.I.S Garewal and the local MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu, the former has ordered the closure of all liquor shops in the district with immediate effect. The shops, according to the orders issued by the DC this afternoon, would remain closed till May 15.

Mercury to fall in next two days      
Chandigarh, May 10
Chandigarhians have been lucky to have pleasant weather during the last 10 days of the month. During last week, there was either dust storms or light showers, which kept the city’s weather reasonably cool.

A scene after the rain at the Sectors 27 and 28 dividing road in Chandigarh on Saturday morning. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh

Langah honoured
Chandigarh, May 10
Lauding India’s triumphant advances in different fields of endeavour, Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator Gen (retd) S.F. Rodrigues called upon the people to take up a leadership role in the Red Cross movement and give an example of care, concern and compassion to the world here yesterday.
A scene after the rain at the Sectors 27 and 28 dividing road in Chandigarh on Saturday morning

Zirakpur, May 10
Residents of Kalgidhar Enclave, Baltana, formed a welfare association under the name Kalgidhar Enclave Welfare Association (Residence/Market) at a meeting held here today.


PU to scrutinise NRI applications individually
Chandigarh, May 10
Panjab University is being extra cautious in defining the term ‘NRI’. Unable to reach any conclusions about its guidelines on its own, the university, which sought legal opinion in the matter, is back to square one. For, the legal retainer of the university has opined that each case be studied individually.

Political dummies back to academics
Seasoned leaders run the show in PU
Chandigarh, May 10
If former chief election commissioner of India J.M. Lyngdoh thought that he could improve the quality of student politics, here is reality check. Candidates who came to the forefront during the students’ elections at Panjab University, thanks to the stringent Lyngdoh committee, are no more a part of the students’ bodies.

PUTA delegation meets Bansal
Chandigarh, May 10
Prof Shankarji Jha, department of Sanskrit, Dr Rajesh Kumar, department of women studies, Dr A.N. Sinha, department of botany, joined by Promod Sharma of Yuvsatta, an NGO, and Sudhyan Negi, a research scholar from the department of sociology, today sat on the relay fast by teachers and students for the Central university status for PU.

Exam relaxations for special children
Chandigarh, May 10
To achieve the eight-year objective of ‘Education for all’ children between the age group of 6 to 14 years, the education department has instructed all the heads of government schools to extend special relaxations to Children with Special Needs (CWSN) during examinations at all levels.

From Schools
Workshop on character building
Panchkula, May 10
A workshop on character building was organised in Bhavan Vidyalaya here yesterday. Dr Manisha Sahni was the resource person. She talked about six pillars of character that is trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. School doctor Dr Deepa also supported the session.

Peace training concludes
Chandigarh, May 10
A two-day peace trainers’ training programme concluded at DAV College, Sector 10, here, yesterday. This training was organised for teacher in charges of peace clubs in city schools and colleges.

INPA starts new course
Chandigarh, May 10
The INPA (Indian National Portage Association) has started a one-year regular diploma in early childhood special education (DECSE-MR) affiliated with the Rehabilitation council of India.


Patiala judge murder case
Defence opposes summoning of witnesses
Chandigarh, May 10
There were heated arguments between the defence lawyer and the public prosecutor in the Patiala judge murder case today after the prosecution moved an application to summon the witnesses as per the supplementary challan.


2 held for selling sub-standard fertiliser
Bassi Pathana, May 10
The police here have arrested two salesman-cum- secretaries of Co-operative Agricultural Societies, Damheri and Harlalpur, in a case registered under Section 7 of Essential Commodities Act, 1955, against them.

5 booked for murder after nine months
Kharar, May 10
One person has been booked in murder case after nine months of the incident. The case has been registered on the the orders of SP (head quarters), Mohali, on the basis of viscera report of the deceased.

Major traffic snarl at Kalka
Kalka, May 10
Hundreds of tourists and other commuters had a torrid time due to a major traffic jam after two trucks broke down on the Chandigarh-Shimla highway, here today. The traffic jam lasted for over six hours.

Baby delivered amid traffic jam
Pinjore, May 10

A couple of the town was forced to carry out the delivery of their baby themselves and that also on the road when their vehicle got stuck in the traffic jam here yesterday.

Sarita, the mother, with her baby in Tata Safari at Pinjore while Dr V.P. Singh looks on. The baby was born in the SUV when their vehicle stranded in the traffic jam on Friday at Pinjore.
— A Tribune photograph

Sarita, the mother, with her baby in Tata Safari at Pinjore while Dr V.P. Singh looks on

Civic Poll
138 booths in Ropar, 8 in Kharar sensitive
Ropar/Kharar, May 10
As many as 138 polling booths in Ropar and eight in Kharar have been declared sensitive and super sensitive for the forthcoming civic polls. In Ropar district, there are 133 sensitive and five super-sensitive polling booths.

2 killed in accidents
Derabassi, May 10
Two people were killed in two different accidents in parts of Derabassi here yesterday night. Rohit Kumar was found dead near the railway track at Lalru Mandi. The victim was a Punjab Police commando.

Man booked in dowry case
Kharar, May 10
Sukhjit Singh, a resident of Sotal village, has been booked for beating up his wife Gurpreet Kaur and demanding Rs 5 lakh dowry. In her complaint to the Mohali SSP, Gurpreet Kaur stated that she got married to Sukhjit on March 8 this year.

Guard held
Labels of liquor bottles seized
Ropar, May 10
A wildlife guard Jasbir Singh, resident of Power Colony in Ropar, was arrested today with a large number of liquor bottle labels. Acting on a secret tip off, the Ropar police raided the residence of Jasbir.

19 students found infected by measles
Bassi Pathana, May 10
Nineteen students of the Government Elementary School, Ladpuri, a nearby village, were found affected by measles during a check up conducted by a special team deputed by the civil surgeon after getting information that many students of the school were not attending their classes since the last three days.

May 12 exam postponed
Patiala, May 10
All examinations of Punjabi university, which were scheduled to be held on May 12 have been postponed, declared Dr Gurmail Singh, coordinator, examinations of the university.


CWA announces wrestling team
Chandigarh, May 10
The Chandigarh Wrestling Association (CWA) today announced a 46-member team, including 32 wrestlers, which will take part in the 27th Freestyle and Greco-Roman style and 10th Female Junior National Wrestling Championships to be held at Jagannath Puri (Orissa) from May 22 to 25.

Chadha emerges winner in thriller
Chandigarh, May 10
Sandeep Chadha outclassed Ajay Singla in the quarterfinals (202-178) during the ongoing VII Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship at Chandigarh Club, Sector 1, here today.

A player attempts a shot during a billiards match at Chandigarh Club on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

A player attempts a shot during a billiards match at Chandigarh Club

Local footballers get training at Germany
Chandigarh, May 10
The batch of 15 budding players of the Chandigarh Football Academy, being run by the Chandigarh Sports Department, has started their advanced training at Egedius Brawn Sports School at Leipzig, Germany. Coach Tejinder Kumar landed in Germany on May 7.

Royal Challengers arrive in city
Chandigarh, May 10
The Rahul Dravid-led Royal Challengers Bangalore squad made a quiet landing in the city today. Dravid was in no mood to interact with mediapersons and just scurried out of the lobby to his room at The Taj.


City kids battle bulge
Chandigarh, May 10
The battle of bulge is taking its toll on the health of adolescents of the city. Sedentary life style, coupled with excessive diets of junk food and sitting in front of computers have made these adolescents susceptible to premature heart disease and type-II diabetes.

298 donate blood
Chandigarh, May 10
The Thalassaemic Children Welfare Association (TCWA), Chandigarh, organised its 98th blood donation camp today at Zakir Hall, Block-A, PGI. More than 298 donors donated blood at the camp. This was the first camp in a series of six blood donation camps.


Lawyer cheated of Rs 4,00,000
Chandigarh, May 10
Lakinder Vir Singh, an advocate, has filed a police complaint against Clifford Michal and Kamra Ali, both residents of Delhi. The complainant has alleged that the accused cheated him of Rs 4,12,930 that he had deposited in ICICI Bank in Delhi.


Nationalised banks need to be upgraded: Bankers
Chandigarh, May 10
In order to face stiff competition with private banks, nationalised banks of the country will have to think of having better connectivity among their branches and make the system people friendly.


Zila Khan entrances with Sufi compositions
Chandigarh, May 10
The serenity, grandeur and vitality of mysticism were brought alive in an entrancing Sufaina spell by classical vocal maestro Zila Hussein Khan here at PGI Bhargava auditorium.

Sufi singer Zila Khan performs at Bhargava Auditorium at PGI in Chandigarh on Saturday.
— Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Sufi singer Zila Khan performs at Bhargava Auditorium at PGI in Chandigarh

Seminar on Sufism
Chandigarh, May 10
The essence and philosophy of Sufism strongly advocates the ideas and practices of focusing on the cultivation of social, moral and spiritual values and inculcation of a sense of social responsibility.

Painting workshop concludes
Panchkula, May 10
Around 300 students participated in the painting competition as a part of the four-day painting workshop, which concluded at the Indradhanush auditorium here yesterday.


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