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20 make it to civil services
Tricity slips in ranking

Khushbu Goyal, who got the 10th rank in the civil services exam, at her house in ChandigarhChandigarh, May 16
The civil services examination results came as a disappointment to city candidates. 

Khushbu Goyal, who got the 10th rank in the civil services exam, at her house in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Civil Services
It runs in their family

Chandigarh, May 16
For the Goyals of Sector 11, clearing UPSC examination has become a family tradition. For, Khushbu Goyal, youngest of the two sisters in the Goyal household, has repeated her sister’s feat securing 10th position in the UPSC examinations, the final results for which were declared today. Earlier her sister Smriti Goyal had cleared the exam achieving 158th rank and is a serving IPS officer.

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Mid-day Meal
Hygiene, nutrition given a pass

Chandigarh, May 16
Hygiene and nutrition seem to be low on priority when it comes to the midday meal scheme.


DAYS GONE still counting ...
It’s become a joke
The Central government is responsible for the delay in the selection of the UT home secretary. There is need for accountability in the selection process. Since it has become a prized posting, the selection process sees a lot of pulls and pressures. In the eyes of the common man, the selection has become a joke.

No lessons learnt from Sec-26 mandi roof collapse
Rickety Janta Market-27 faces similar fate
The dilapidated Janta Market, Sector 27, building that has been declared unsafeChandigarh, May 16
The Chandigarh administration refuses to learn lessons from the tragic incident of roof collapse in the Sector 26 grain market. Almost a year after declaring the Janta Market in Sector 27 unsafe, officials are now waiting for the concrete structure of the booths to fall, so it seems.

The dilapidated Janta Market, Sector 27, building that has been declared unsafe. A Tribune photograph

Serviced cars go missing
Chandigarh, May 16
Since January, nearly 16 Ford and Mahindra cars have been stolen, days after servicing at authorised service stations of the two companies. First it was Bhagat Autos and now its Swami Automobiles in the Industrial Area, Phase I, that has come under the police scanner.




Deadly Exercise
Safety rules being disregarded

Panchkula, May 16
The frequent cases of paramilitary forces personnel being killed or injured while practising the use of grenades has caused concerned, with experts attributing the incidents to poor training and handling techniques.

More vehicles, no space to park 
Wrongly parked vehicles pose problems in MohaliMohali, May 16
With an alarming increase in the number of vehicles and planners failing to provide urgent solutions to the parking problem, traffic bottlenecks are a common sight at the busy intersections in the town posing a threat to road users.

Wrongly parked vehicles pose problems in Mohali. Tribune Photo: Vicky Gharu

Landscaping, too, goes to IT companies
Chandigarh, May 16
The Chandigarh administration continues to “shower” favours on companies at the IT park.

BSP opposes move to levy taxes
Chandigarh, May 16
Convener of the local unit of the BSP Harmohan Dhawan today threatened to launch a “non-cooperation movement” if the municipal corporation imposed certain taxes, including hike in water tariff and property tax, on residential property. Addressing a press conference here, Dhawan claimed that there was no need for more taxes as the city was a revenue-surplus state and was paying huge amount into the central funds every year.

Inspection by commissioner

Chandigarh, May 16
Municipal commissioner Dr Roshan Sunkaria along with secretary, municipal corporation, P.K. Sharma today carried out surprise inspection of the sanitation conditions of Burail village, and Sectors 32 and 33 here this morning.

Tenants, landlord compromise
Chandigarh, May 16
A dispute between tenants and the owner of plot no 8, Phase 1, Industrial Area, called for police intervention here today.

Library opened for slum kids
Chandigarh, May 16
A library for slum children of Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, ‘Kitab Ghar’, was opened today by Yuvsatta, a city-based NGO. The library was inaugurated by Reshma Singh, a social activist, at the NGO’s centre in the colony.

Lecturer drowns himself to death
Mohali, May 16
Dilpreet Singh, a 23-year-old lecturer in Guru Gobind Singh College, Kharar, allegedly committed suicide by jumping into the Perchh lake, here this evening.

75-yr-old man run down by train
Chandigarh, May 16
A 75-year-old man, Madan Mohan Sharam, a was killed after he was run down by a train near Mani Majra here this morning.

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From Schools & Colleges
Tiny tots of AKSIPS-45 enjoy a beach party on their school premises in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph Summer club at Eurokids

Chandigarh, May 16
Eurokids, which has more than 600 children on its rolls, will organise a seven-week long summer club for children aged between two to 12 years. Principal Mona Verma said, “Summer is the best time for children to stretch their creative thinking and indulge in fun-filled activities without the pressure of attending school and finishing their homework

Tiny tots of AKSIPS-45 enjoy a beach party on their school premises in Chandigarh on Friday. A Tribune photograph

PUTA submits memo to UGC team
Chandigarh, May 16
As the relay fast for Central University status to PU entered its 40th day today, teachers and research scholars from the department of Punjabi joined it.

Vocational students display creations at expo
Chandigarh, May 16
Students who are into fashion and textile designing courses at various government schools of the city today displayed their creations at a two-day exhibition-cum-sale organised at Panchayat Bhawan, Sector 18, here, today. The children put on sale, ladies garments and hand-painted, block and screen printed linen, dupattas and exquisitely designed decorative items.


Defamation proceedings against H.K. Dua stayed
Chandigarh, May 16
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed proceedings in a defamation case against the Tribune’s Editor-in-Chief H.K. Dua and two others.

Mediation centre opened at districts courts
Chandigarh, May 16
Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Vijender Jain inaugurates a “Mediation and Conciliation Centre” at the district courts in Sector 17, Chandigarh, On the lines of the Punjab and Haryana High Courts, a “Mediation and Conciliation Centre” was inaugurated at the district courts by Chief Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Vijender Jain here today.

Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Vijender Jain inaugurates a “Mediation and Conciliation Centre” at the district courts in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Witnesses depose before CBI court
Chandigarh, May 16
Kanwar Singh Dhami and his wife Kulbir Kaur Dhami today made extrajudicial confession in the special court of CBI Jagdeep Jain in the murder case of Ropar-based advocate Kulwant Singh.


UT administrator told to appoint info officer

Chandigarh, May 16
The veil of secrecy surrounding the office of the UT administrator will be a thing of the past with the chief information commissioner (CIC) directing the administrator to appoint a central public information officer (CPIO).


Nursing students in bind without degrees
Patiala, May 16
Students of the College of Nursing here have not been awarded degrees although the college is affiliated to the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot.

Hectic activity as nominations for panches filed
Bassi Pathana, May16
People file nominations for panchayat elections in Mohali The SDM’s office in the administrative complex was bubbling with activity on the last day of filing of nomination papers for the elections of village panches, here today. Prospective candidates, along with their supporters, thronged the complex in large numbers. However, confusion prevailed among candidates regarding the reservation  category for the post of sarpanch, whether it is reserved or unreserved.

People file nominations for panchayat elections in Mohali on Friday. A Tribune photograph

16 panchayats to go for unanimous poll
Ropar, May 16
Sixteen panchayats in Ropar district have gone for unanimous election of their sarpanches and panches. Many of these are electing their representatives for the second or third time.

Woman ends her life
Lalru, May 16
Thirty-two-year old Surinder Kaur, wife of Bakshi Singh, resident of Badna village, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan of her residence, here last night.


T20: Bhadu nominated secy
Chandigarh, May 16
H.S. Bhadu was nominated honorary secretary general of the Association for Twenty20 Cricket (India) in its executive committee meeting held at Delhi on May 10.

Chandigarh to have national golf academy
CProfessional Golf Association of India president Manjit Singh (right) with grade A qualified coach Jessie Grewal at the Chandigarh Golf Rangehandigarh, May 16
Chandigarh will very soon have the country's first national golf academy. Yes, this was disclosed by the president of the Professional Golf Association of India Manjit Singh in an exclusive chat at the CGA Golf Range here this afternoon.

Professional Golf Association of India president Manjit Singh (right) with grade A qualified coach Jessie Grewal at the Chandigarh Golf Range on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Sandeep lifts billiards title
Chandigarh, May 16
Sandeep Singh Chadha won the title in billiards thrashing his rival Pankaj Gulati 3-0 in VII Saurabh Khattar Memorial Billiards and Snooker Championship that concluded at Chandigarh Club here today. In snooker, Sandeep Kochhar won the top honours by beating Ajay Singla 4-2 in the best of seven frames.

38 probables for cricket camp
Panchkula, May 16
The Cricket Federation of Haryana has selected 38 probables for a coaching camp in preparation for the forthcoming inaugural All-India National Under-17 Federation Cup Cricket Championship to be held from May 28 to 31. A seven-day camp, starting from May 20, will be held at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, here, for the probables. The selected cricketers have been directed to report to cricket coach Karan Sharma at 7 am on May 20 with their original date of birth certificates.

Mohali beat Jalandhar 
Mohali, May 16
A ton by Bhupinder Singh (130) of was wasted as his Jalandhar team lost the match to Mohali team by 152 runs on the basis of the first innings lead in the two-day Punjab U-16 Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Poly Umrigar Trophy being played at Bultan Park Cricket Ground at Jalandhar today.


Chandigarh, May 16
Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School-18 thrashed Government Model Senior Secondary School-46 by 5 goals to nil during the Pre-Nehru Girls’ Hockey Tournament. The tournament concluded at Government Model High School, Sector 42 grounds, here, today. The winning team showered a number of goals during the match.


Health of Government Hospitals
Untrained staff handle technical jobs

Chandigarh, May 16
Can an untrained person do technical work like collect blood sample or conduct ECG test? Government health institutes in the city seem to believe so, as lab attendants — who assist lab technicians — are carrying out tests on patients or taking blood samples.

Sample processing machine  in disuse at GMSH-16
Chandigarh, May 16
For the past seven years, a machine - Laminar flow - bought by the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, to ensure that infectious samples do not spread further is itself lying unused and kept under lock and key.


3 booked for trespass, fraud
Chandigarh, May 16
Vijay Kumar, a resident of Sector 21, lodged a complaint against Jatinder Singh Randhawa, his wife Gurpreet and Ashok Kumar Bhandari, accusing them of trespass and trying to take possession of his house in Mani Majra by producing fake documents.

2 held for illegal sale of cylinders
Chandigarh, May 16
The crime branch of the police has arrested two persons allegedly involved in the selling of gas cylinders on the black market. The police recovered as many as 104 cylinders from the possession of the accused who were not authorised to sell or distribute cylinders.


Exhibition on kitchenware opens
Chandigarh, May 16
“Kitchen and Beyond 2008”, CII’s exhibition on modern kitchen concepts, opened here today. The annual show on kitchen equipment and accessories, featuring varied options for kitchens, was inaugurated by Vandana Disodia, director (industries), Chandigarh, at Kisan Bhawan, here.

LPG filling station for southern sectors
Sectors 56, 38 (West) under consideration
Chandigarh, May 16
Sparing a thought for environment protection, two public sector undertakings — the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) and the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) — have decided to set up an an LPG petrol station in a southern sector.


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