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AIEEE: Anupam first in tricity
Chandigarh, June 3
Anupam Dev Goel has done the city proud by securing the 2nd rank in the seventh All-India Engineering/Architecture Entrance Examination (AIEEE) and stood first in the tricity. The examination was conducted by CBSE on April 27.

Ish Dhand and Abhinav Garg
Ish Dhand and Abhinav Garg

Misuse of PTA Funds
9 school heads face action

Chandigarh, June 3
An inquiry into use of PTA funds by government schools for the session 2005-06 and 2006-07 has placed nine schools in a spot. The administration has discontinued with the practice of collecting PTA funds.

A beeline for e-bikes
Chandigarh, June 3
City residents are finally sparing a thought for the environment and their pockets. With Chandigarh bursting at seams in the backdrop of highest vehicular density in the country and another petrol price hike staring in the face, the battery operated vehicles (BOVs) or e-bikes seem to have caught the fancy of the two-wheeler drivers in the city.

Flying to Delhi? Shell out Rs 500 more
Chandigarh, June 3
Air travel between Chandigarh and Delhi became costlier by Rs 350-500 from today with air-carriers increasing fuel surcharge following a hike in aviation turbine fuel (ATF). Public sector oil firms have increased sale prices of ATF by 18.5 per cent on Saturday.


PG accommodations: From dingy rooms to lavish interiors
Chandigarh, June 3
The PG accommodations have gone in for a complete transformation in recent years.From dingy small rooms they have got transformed to plush big rooms with swanky interiors. If you are ready to shell out money, you can enjoy all comforts of your home right here living as a paying guest. An air-conditioned room with comfortable beds, internet connection, cuisines of one’s own choice and laundry service at the doorstep can be experienced in a range of Rs 6,000 to 8,000.


Splashing their way through the Plaza in Sector 17, Chandigarh
AWASH WITH JOY: Splashing their way through the Plaza in Sector 17, Chandigarh, these girls enjoy the showers on Tuesday afternoon. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

CJ seeks separate laws for domestic, global issues
Chandigarh, June 3
While addressing a gathering on international arbitration at Mauritius, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice (CJ) Vijender Jain called for separate laws for domestic and international matters in order to make India the global hub for arbitration. In a copy of the speech released here today, the CJ has asserted: “An intrinsic mistake in the 1996 law is that there is a common law for both domestic and international matters. There should be different laws for both, as in Singapore.”

Few takers for Railways toll-free number
Chandigarh, June 3
The Indian Railways toll-free number 139 has not yet caught the fancy of the public using railway services.

Transfer of ownership under GPA
Housing board extends deadline 

Chandigarh, June 3
The Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) today extended the deadline for applying for the transfer of ownership of the dwelling units under GPA at normal rates by three months. The deadline was to expire tomorrow.
Devotees offer prayers on the occassion of Shani Jyanti at Sector-20 temple in Chandigarh
FAITH BOUND: Devotees offer prayers on the occassion of Shani Jyanti at Sector-20 temple in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Building bylaws 
Rodrigues sets deadline
Asks estate officer to identify vacant plots 
Chandigarh, June 3
Delay in approving the design of a multiplex at the site where KC theatre once stood and finalisation of the building bylaws marked the high-level meeting of senior officials of the Chandigarh Administration here today. The meeting was chaired by UT administrator Gen S.F.Rodrigues (retd.).

Formulate new scheme for type 13 houses: Mayor 
Chandigarh, June 3
Mayor Pardeep Chhabra today sought the formulation of a special housing scheme for those residing in type 13 houses during the coordination committee meeting of the UT administration and the municipal corporation.

For old, it’s home away from home
Chandigarh, June 3
Silent wrinkled faces, longing eyes, a mellowed look and a quivering voice is what greets you when one steps in this old age home located in Sector 15 here.

PU to construct old-age home
Chandigarh, June 3
Panjab University is going the corporate way in doing its bit for society. After taking up social causes like reserving a seat each for cancer patient and single girl child, the university is now all set to construct an old age home on the campus.

Anti-encroachment drives fail to remove vendors
Panchkula, June 3
Slip road near the roundabout of Sectors 7, 8, 17 and 18 in a dilapidated condition while the road is encroached upon by chic weavers Despite tall claims by HUDA authorities of removal of encroachments, footpaths, markets corridors, outskirts of the town and now even roads are dotted by unauthorised vendors.

Slip road near the roundabout of Sectors 7, 8, 17 and 18 in a dilapidated condition while the road is encroached upon by chic weavers. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Top Mohali offices lack fire equipment
Mohali, June 3
The administrative complex in which the offices of top officers of the Mohali district are housed here does not have even the minimum fixed fire-fighting equipment. The offices of the deputy commissioner, two additional deputy commissioners, assistant commissioner, SSP, four SPs, DTO, DDPO, DPRO, SDM, tehsildar are functioning from this building located in Phase I.
Least concerned about their health, these senior citizens enjoy their chat over a hukka in Chandigarh
PUFFING AWAY LIFE: Least concerned about their health, these senior citizens enjoy their chat over a hukka in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Karam Singh

Rowdy youngsters rule city roads
Chandigarh, June 3
Throwing all norms to the wind, city youngsters are not only violating the traffic rules but are also making endangering the lives of the people with the local police turning a blind eye to such violations.

Cops seek  residents’ help
Chandigarh, June 3
With lack of coordination among members of the residents’ welfare associations, police is finding hard to curb the increasing crime rate in the city.

DD chief Ashraf dead
Chandigarh, June 3
Ashraf Sahil, director, DoorDarshan, Chandigarh, died in his native town city Srinagar last evening. He was to retire on June 30. Sahil was awarded by the J&K Govement and literary and cultural organisations several times for his services to broadcast journalism.
He played a key role in launching DD Kashmir to counter Pak propaganda when militancy in the state was at its peak.

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Man caught with 30 B.Tech prospectuses
Chandigarh, June 3
While students seeking admission to B.Tech courses at Panjab University are being denied more than two to three prospectuses each by the staff of the SBI’s campus branch, no such restrictions seem to exist for those who are ready to go out of the way to “please” the counter attendants, even if the forms are to be resold in the open market at a higher price.
Satish Kumar with the bagful of prospectuses talks on the phone in front of the SBI cash counter PU security personnel open his bag and find prospectuses inside while registrar Prof S S Bari looks on Officials inside the SBI cash counter check the serial numbers of the prospectuses
From left to right: Satish Kumar with the bagful of prospectuses talks on the phone in front of the SBI cash counter; PU security personnel open his bag and find prospectuses inside while registrar Prof S S Bari looks on; Officials inside the SBI cash counter check the serial numbers of the prospectuses. Photos: Pradeep Tiwari 

Now, students will learn how to manage time 
Chandigarh, June 3
Now managing work schedule sand time will not be a problem anymore, as Panjab University is set to impart lessons to the students, secretarial staff, administrators and even teachers in different disciplines such as time management, conflict management, anger management and even managing relationships through a Human Capital Resource Development Centre.

MoU signed
Chandigarh, June 3
IIG (India International Group) Education Consultancy Pvt Ltd, Sector 34, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Vitebsk State Medical University, Belarus, for sending Indian students for medical education to the university and with Inter College, Larnaka, Cyprus, for management courses.

Army schools perform well
Chandigarh, June 3
The performance of Army Schools, as a group, in the board results for the academic year 2006-07 has been commendable this year also, with pass percentages for class X and XII being 98.61 and 94.42 respectively.


Consumer Courts
FIITJEE told to refund Rs 20,000 fee

Chandigarh, June 3
Failure to refund the fee has cost FIITJEE Limited dear as it had refused to do so till petitioner A.K.Walia filed a complaint in the consumer court.


Admn to widen Purav Marg
Chandigarh, June 3
The Chandigarh Administration has decided to widen the Purav Marg, the road running from Tribune Chowk to the Transport chowk. The existing width of the three-lane dual carriageway witnesses a heavy vehicular traffic that heads towards Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh daily.


House gutted
Ambala, June 3
The first floor of a house was gutted due to short circuit on Tuesday morning in Dayal Bagh of Ambala Cantonment. The fire broke out in the residence of Sandeep Sarin. Sarin who works in a private company in Jallandhar was away to Chandigarh. His wife Rekha Sarin, who works in  the sports department of Ambala, too was away to work.

HC panel visits Ambala court complex
Ambala, June 3
The building construction committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Justice J.S. Kher, Justice Nawab Singh, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hemant Gupta visited Ambala Court Complex yesterday to finalise site for the lawyer's chambers. Vigilance judge H.S. Bhangu and district and sessions judge of Ambala, B.M. Bedi, also accompanied them. Later, they addressed the Bar members.

Shruti tops in Ambala dist
Ambala, June 3
Shruti Sharma of PKR Jain Public School, Ambala City has topped the district with 97 per cent marks whereas Payal Sharma of Murlidhar DAV Public School, Ambala City, is second with 96.8 per cent. Shrishti Solanki of PKR Jain Public School, Ambala City, has scored 96.6 per cent and stood third.

Commissioner accuses mayor of misbehaviour
Patiala, June 2
In an unprecedented incident in Punjab, the Patiala mayor Ajit Pal Singh Kohli allegedly ‘coerced’ Patiala municipal corporation commissioner M.P. Arora accusing the latter of “not doing works or standing in ways of certain municipal councillors”

Smart tickets for PRTC soon
Patiala, June 3
The cash-strapped Pepsu Road Transport Corporation has decided to introduce smart tickets for passengers travelling in its fleet of buses. For this purpose, it has decided to procure electronic ticketing machine and electronically generated tickets would be introduced in all PRTC buses in a phased manner.

NRI’s body found
Kharar, June 3
An NRI, Balwant Singh (78), was found dead today evening under mysterious circumstances at his residence in 70-D Sunny Enclave Township at Mundi Kharar.

Youth arrested
Kharar, June 3
Two motorcycle borne youth (No. PB 49 C 6794) snatched the purse of handicapped female today. With the help of vigilant passerbys, one of the accused was held few metres ahead, while other managed to escape from the scene. 

Cash stolen from gurdwara
Kharar, June 3
Unidentified persons allegedly stole Rs 15,000 from Gurdwara Gobind Singh Sahib on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

Neha Jain murder case
Husband sent to one-day remand

Kharar, June 3
Neha Jain’s husband Munish Jain, accused of killing his wife, was sent to one more police remand today. The Dera Bassi police presented the accused before the court.

200 shopkeepers get notices for violating building norms
Asked to vacate shops within 10 days
Samana, June 3
The local municipal committee has served notices on nearly 200 shopkeepers on the Ghagha road for violating building norms. The shopkeepers have been served notices for allegedly building unauthorised constructions.

Agents resent wheat shortage notices
Bassi Pathana, June 3
Strong resentment prevailed among commission agents of the town against the notices sent by Markfed, a procurement agency of Bassi Pathana, imposing shortage of 126 quintal of wheat procured by the agency from them.

Paid darshan draws Hindu body’s ire
Bassi Pathana, June 3
Hindu Organisation today held a meeting under the presidentship of Pardeep Rupal and strongly condemned the action of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board to impose fees for the ‘darshan’.


Patiala win Markan Trophy
Chandigarh, June 3
Patiala clinched the inaugural M.L. Markan Trophy for Under-16 Inter-District Cricket Tournament held at PCA Stadium here today. Patiala won the trophy after defeating Chandigarh with first innings’ lead of 22 runs.

Puducherry boys, girls lift titles
Puducherry and Manipur boys vie for victory on the final day of the 21st Junior National Atya Patya Championship at St Joseph's School Complex in ChandigarhChandigarh, June 3
Giving a consistence display, Puducherry boys and girls retained their titles in the 21st Junior National Atya Patya Championships organised by Chandigarh Atya Patya Associatiion at St Joseph's School here today.

Puducherry and Manipur boys vie for victory on the final day of the 21st Junior National Atya Patya Championship at St Joseph's School Complex in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Gurbaaz hits longest drive in Nepal pro-am event 
Chandigarh, June 3
Big hitter Gurbaaz Pratap Singh Mann of Chandigarh lived up to his reputation clinching the longest drive title among professionals in the Standard Chatereded Pro-Am of the Surya Nepal Masters 2008 at the Le Meridien Kathmandu Forest Golf Resort and Spa in Kathmandu today.

DPCA beat Stadium by 326 runs
Sachit, Harmanpreet top scorers
Chandigarh, June 3
A record 304-run second wicket partnership between Harmanpreet Singh (132, 93b, 13x4s, 8x6s) and Sachit Nayyar (140 n.o., 98b, 19x4s, 6x6s) engineered a massive 326-run triumph for Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy over Sector 16 Cricket Stadium in the Chandigarh Inter-Academy Under-15 Cricket Tournament for Mount Shivalik Trophy. The tournament is being conducted by DPAC Academy at St Stephen's School ground here.

700 take part in trekking
Mohali, June 3
As many as 700 students from classe IV to XII of Yadavindra Public School here took part in a series of trekking expeditions. Students of Classes IV and V went for camps at Himri, Baldeyan, Waknaghat and Rajgarh, Classes VI and VII went up to Kufri, Mashobra, Shivpur and Narkanda. Students of class VIII trekked up to Kothi and Manali. — TNS


HIV centre at Sec-45 Polyclinic soon
Chandigarh, June 3
The State AIDS Control Society is all set to start Integrated Control and Testing Centre (ICTC) at Polyclinic, Sector 45, here, soon.


Couple set themselves ablaze
Servant’s body found in sweet shop

Chandigarh, June 3
A couple in Mouli Jagran allegedly committed suicide, setting themselves ablaze in their residence here this morning. The wife has reportedly died on the spot, while the condition of the husband is still said to be critical. In another incident, a 32-year-old was found dead in a sweet shop in Sector 20.


Seminar at CII
Chandigarh, June 3
A two-day seminar on pharmaceutical process technologies began at CII here today. The seminar, organised by Pharma-health Care Quality Concepts (PHQC), saw participation from a number of professionals,educationists and technocrats. Dr D.N.Dikshit of PHL said the seminar was for managers, supervisors and associates in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, vitamins, herbals and allied industries. — TNS


Laughter challenge to target professionals
Chandigarh,June 3
The popular TV show - Great Indian Laughter Challenge on Star One- which tickled the funny bone of millions through its innovative, sometimes slapstick comedy, is now targeting the professionals “suffering from lack of laughter syndrome.”


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