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Anything for a home in city
Chandigarh, June 9
Three-bedroom flats of the CHB under the Sector 63 housing scheme have received a massive response. In a development that may redefine the property prices in the city, 1,072 persons submitted bids for 16 such dwelling units. The two-bedroom apartments came second with 987 persons trying their luck for 42 flats. One-bedroom units drew only 275 bidders for 26 flats, sources said here today. The scheme has been oversubscribed by over 67 times.

Sarita Suicide Case 
Senior officers can’t escape blame

Panchkula, June 9
Suicide by 25-year-old Sarita at the Haryana Police headquarters here today not only reveals the brutal face of the constabulary but also the insensitivity of senior officials whose inaction pushed the young woman to end her life. Sarita’s suicide note narrates a gory saga of brutality at the hands of the police, which claims to be “always in the service of the people”.

Cops won’t listen to public prosecutor
So, he seeks SSP’s help for FIR
Chandigarh, June 9
A public prosecutor (PP) has learnt it the hard way how difficult it is for the common man to lodge an FIR despite the fact that the Supreme Court has ruled that the police cannot refuse to lodge a complaint.


North-South Divide II
It’s no light matter here
Chandigarh, June 9
The city has two faces: One beautiful, green and well-illuminated and the other blotched with potholes and unkempt spaces with shrubs, heaps of garbage, dysfunctional streetlights and slums.
A well-lit road separating Sectors 18 and 19 in the northern part of Chandigarh is in stark contrast to a poorly-lit road (above)in southern Sector 50. A well-lit road separating Sectors 18 and 19 in the northern part of Chandigarh is in stark contrast to a poorly-lit road (above)in southern Sector 50.
Poles Apart: A well-lit road separating Sectors 18 and 19 in the northern part of Chandigarh is in stark contrast to a poorly-lit road (above)in southern Sector 50. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

Citizens’ Grievance
The Tribune has always strived to be the Voice of the People. To provide our readers another opportunity to speak out, the Chandigarh Tribune is starting a weekly column, Citizens’ Grievance.



Global award for city activist
Chandigarh, June 9
Social activist Hemant Goswami, credited with launching the campaign against smoking in the run-up to the declaration of Chandigarh as the first smoke-free city in the country last year, has brought laurels to the city again.
Tourists enjoy waterfall site at Rock Garden in Chandigarh
Tourists enjoy waterfall site at Rock Garden in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Karam Singh

No delay in airport expansion: Jaitley
Chandigarh, June 9
The issue of construction of transit camps and barracks on five acres to be transferred to the Army in lieu of land being taken by the Chandigarh administration for expansion of the domestic terminal is likely to be resolved soon.

‘Tainted’ officer appointed SE
Chandigarh, June 9
The Chandigarh administration has “rewarded” another officer involved in the K.K. Jerath kickback case.

Lottery Scam
Cops in Delhi to get info on Bright

Chandigarh, June 9
Even after 48 hours, the police has not been able to verify the credentials of Bright, a Nigerian allegedly involved in a million pound online lottery scam.

2009 will usher in world peace: Khurana
Mohali, June 9
The year 2009 will be a better year for India than this year in terms of prosperity and the next government at the Centre will be a coalition led by the Congress.

30 structures violate periphery Act
Chandigarh, June 9
The legality of around 30 commercial and residential structures at Buterla and Badheri villages has come under scanner. The structures have come up on around 4 acres allegedly in violation of the Periphery Control Act.

20-yr-old girl dies mysteriously
Mohali, June 9
A 20-year-old girl died under mysterious circumstances here last night. The girl, Mandeep Kaur, from Mohanmajra village in Fatehgarh Sahib district showed symptoms of poisoning and was brought to a private hospital here from a Morinda hospital. The hospital here referred the victim to the local Civil Hospital, where doctors said she was brought dead. Mandeep’s maternal grandfather Bacchan Singh was a freedom fighter.

BSP activists protest price rise
BSP workers protest against price rise in Sector 17, ChandigarhChandigarh, June 9
Activists of the BSP, including women, staged a protest against rising prices at Sector 17 here today.

BSP workers protest against price rise in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

EME chief visits Chandi Mandir
Chandigarh, June 9
Director General and Colonel Commandant of the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME), Lt-Gen A.K.S. Chandele, visited Western Command headquarters in Chandi Mandir today. General Chandele had taken over as the 26th Director General of EME on January 1.

e wild wild web
Dawn of Digital Dotcom

In a letter to his kids, Wired's Founding Editor has recalled the dawn of the digital revolution. 15 years ago, Louis Rossetto and his wife started this magazine which can be called the mouthorgan of the digital revolution. Back in 1993, he had only the slightest glimmer of what the Internet would eventually become. 

Naked wires endanger lives
There are a number of unmanned open manholes, naked obsolete and broken electricity wires, choked drains, unsafe buildings and bridges seen in open posing serious danger to the lives of the citizens. Besides, there is large number of broken roads, uncovered trenches, non-functional streetlights, wild congress grass, which is a breeding ground for reptiles, contaminated water et al.


Admission seekers throng government colleges
Chandigarh, June 9
Aspiring candidates fill admission forms at GCG-11 in Chandigarh It was a busy day at Government College for Girls (GCG), Sector-11, as well as Government College (Co-ed) Sector-11. Hundreds of students made their way to get prospectus for admissions for this session.

Aspiring candidates fill admission forms at GCG-11 in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

NSUI starts admission guidance centre
Chandigarh, June 9
NSUI has started Admission Guidance and Information Centre in Panjab University from today. Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, former Chief Minister of Punjab, inaugurated the NSUI information centre where NSUI workers were present in large numbers. National Incharge Amrita Dhawan, Avneesh Pandey, State president Nitin Goyal, Sukhjit Brar, Amarpreet Singh Mann, Maninder Singh, Manu Madaan, Bhuvan Azad welcomed the chief guest.

Students arrested for creating ruckus
Chandigarh, June 9
Udai Bhan, a student of Panjab University, and Charnjeet Singh, were arrested on the charges of creating ruckus and disturbing peace, under the influence of liquor.

Education recruitment code being flouted
Favouritism rules the roost when it comes to Haryana cadre lecturers
Chandigarh, June 9
If the current thinking in the UT administration is any indication, the education code and recruitment rules are flouted often when it comes to making a way for Haryana cadre lecturers. Incidentally, all these lecturers have strong administrative connections in Haryana. Giving true reflection of favouritism, the education department has recently deputed Haryana cadre senior lecturer Nirupama, former principal, Saarthak School, Sector 12-A, Panchkula, to the UT cadre.

Financial crunch hampering PU’s growth: Staff

Chandigarh, June 9
On the 64th dasy of the chain fast, three students and three teachers sat on fast to demand Central University Status for Panjab University.


3 acquitted in rape case
Chandigarh, June 9
Additional district and sessions judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi today acquitted Jagdish and his parents —Gajay Singh and Lajo Devi — in a rape case after the former got married to the victim. The judge warned the accused and his family against troubling the victim. An FIR was registered on the complaint of victim’s father Karam Singh, on October 10, 2005. The girl had deposed that she had wilfully gone with the accused and got married to the accused. — TNS


Labour inspector nabbed with dirty money
Ambala, June 9
The State Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a labour inspector for taking bribe of Rs 2,000 from a factory owner. This is the third case in the past one month involving the arrest of government officials on same charges by the bureau here.

Bus stand presents a picture of neglect
Ambala, June 9
The condition of the bus stand in Ambala City would make any one wring his nose in disgust. People sitting on the ground, stagnant water with garbage floating on it and people defecating in public is what greets you at the bus stand that too if you can make it through the potholed road that leads to it. The bus stand is about 25 years old. According to the people present there, the structure of the bus stand was declared unfit five years ago and was razed to the ground in 2005. Now, all that stands there in the name of a bus stand is a shed with a few benches underneath it.

Drugs worth Rs 7.5 lakh seized
Rajpura, June 9
A team led by chief medical officer today raided two medical shops at Rajpura and found drugs worth Rs 7.5 lakh there stored illegally. Thousands of injections and tablets being used by drug addicts were recovered from these shops.

Pbi varsity enters tie-up on research
Patiala, June 9
Punjabi University, Patiala, has signed an MoU with Ind-Swift Laboratories Limited (ISLL), Mohali, to carry out collaborative research on “Design, synthesis and computational validation of medicinally significant new chemical entities”.

Four booked for assault
Kharar, June 9
Four persons were today booked for beating up two youths at Teor village.

Anganwari workers hold protest
Bassi Pathana, June 9
Hundreds of anganwari workers today held a protest rally in support of their demands in front of the CDPO office, Bassi Pathana. The anganwari workers led by block president Narinder Kaur raised slogans against the government and marched towards the CDPO office with placards and banners in their hands.

Civic Polls
Congress announces candidates in 6 wards

Bassi Pathana, June 9
Taking a lead in selecting candidates for the council elections, the Congress today declared its list of candidates from six wards after the meeting of the election committee today. The meeting was held under the presidentship of DCC chief Lakhbir Singh Rai. Former minister Dr Harbans Lal, former DCC president Dr Sikandar Singh, PPCC secretary Pardeep Malhotra among others attended the meeting.


An NCC cadet takes aim with a pistol during a talent scouting-cum-coaching camp for marksmanship in Chandigarh Search for Talent
NCC organises shooting camp

Chandigarh, June 9
Over 200 young NCC cadets, including 74 girls, participated in a talent scouting-cum-coaching camp for marksmanship organised by the Chandigarh NCC Group at the Patialvi Rao Police Firing Ranges here today.

An NCC cadet takes aim with a pistol during a talent scouting-cum-coaching camp for marksmanship in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

BPCL defeat RCF by five goals
Chandigarh, June 9
A match between RCF and BPCL teams for Olympian Dharam Singh Memorial Hockey Tournament at Hockey Stadium, Sector 18 in Chandigarh Putting up a good stick work, ONGC’s Rajdeep Singh stole the limelight, netting five goals against Air Force 3BRD team in the ongoing sixth Olympian Dharam Singh Memorial Six-a-side Hockey Tournament at hockey stadium, Sector 18 here today.

A match between RCF and BPCL teams for Olympian Dharam Singh Memorial Hockey Tournament at Hockey Stadium, Sector 18 in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Last chance for PSSC in eviction case
Mohali, June 9
For the Punjab State Sports Council (PSSC), which has filed an eviction and a Rs 250-crore recovery case against the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), it will be the last chance to provide evidence in their support.

Satinder to officiate global hockey tourney
Chandigarh, June 9
Satinder Sharma has been appointed as an umpire by the Federation of International Hockey (FIH) at the 30th Men’s Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament to be held at Rotterdam (Netherlands) from June 21 to 29. He is an International Grade-I hockey umpire.

Trials for gradation certificates
Chandigarh, June 9
The Chandigarh sports department has fixed date for the trials/interviews for the issuance of sports gradation certificates. All eligible sportspersons of the UT can submit their applications on the prescribed proforma duly complete in all respects latest by June 13 (5 pm) to the office of director sports at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42.


PGI doc to attend meeting at NY
Chandigarh, June 9
Prof Ashok Utreja, head, oral health sciences centre, PGIMER, has been invited to The Smile Train headquarters in New York to attend a two-day medical advisory board meeting from June 13.


Man held for snatching phone
Chandigarh, June 9
Taslaim has been arrested for allegedly snatching a mobile phone from Avtar Singh, a resident of Mani Majra. The complainant alleged that the accused, who was on a bicycle, had snatched his mobile phone at the railway traffic lights yesterday. A case under Sections 379 and356 of the IPC has been registered.

Passport Case
Wife denies relations with prime suspect

Chandigarh, June 9
In a twist to the ongoing investigation into the stolen passport case, Neeru, wife of prime suspect Vicky, today claimed that she had no relations with the suspect.


Oil cos pressuring dealers to sell premium fuels
Chandigarh, June 9
The state-run oil marketing companies - Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum - are insisting petroleum dealers to ensure that 40 per cent of the sales of fuel (petrol and diesel) comprise premium fuels (high performance fuels mixed with additives).


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