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Jan Shatabdi to run everyday
Changed train timings from July 1
Chandigarh, June 27
Jan Shatabdi Express will now run seven days a week from July 1. The decision will also be applicable to the Amritsar-Delhi Jan Shatabdi. Passengers travelling in regular trains between the city and Delhi pay Rs 107 as fare against Rs 435 paid by Shatabdi travellers.

Army Relents
All clear for airport expansion
Chandigarh, June 27
Decks have been cleared for the expansion of the Chandigarh Airport. The Army authorities have finally agreed to vacate 5.10 acres in lieu of an alternative chunk of land in Hallomajra. The agreement between the Army authorities and the Chandigarh administration was reached at a high-level meeting here yesterday.

Jagraon Seizure
Mani Majra house searched
Chandigarh, June 27
The special crime investigation team of the Chandigarh Police searched the house of Davinder Singh, a resident of Mani Majra, following the seizure of RDX from Jagraon here today. According to the police, the vehicle from which the explosive was found belonged to Davinder who lives in the Mani Majra Housing Complex.

Man pledges organs of brain dead wife
Chandigarh, June 27
In a show of selflessness, an uneducated man, Hemraj, pledged his wife’s organs after she was declared “brain dead” at the PGI earlier this week. Though organ donation isn’t rare, most people, for various reasons, including religious beliefs, wait till the patient is declared clinically dead.



Fake Degrees
CITCO to issue notice to 5 employees
Chandigarh, June 27
Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (CITCO) will issue show-cause notice to five of its employees whose academic certificates have been found fake during the update of their service book.

Comeback: Kapil Dev’s poster being reinstalled at PCA Stadium in Mohali on Friday. Kapil’s poster back at PCA
Mohali, June 27
With pasting of Kapil Dev’s life-size poster at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, the controversy between the association officials and the cricketer seemed to be over now. Today, a new 25’ X 28’ poster of Wisden Cricketer of the Millennium, in bowling action, was put in place on the stadium’s facade. Kapil, who was in England for the silver jubilee celebrations of World Cup triumph in 1983, was terse when contacted over phone, “I came to know about the development from a close friend from the city. It’s good and I am happy.”

Comeback: Kapil Dev’s poster being reinstalled at PCA Stadium in Mohali on Friday. — Tribune photo by 
Parvesh Chauhan

Waterlogging persists at Sec-17 piazza
Workers sweep water off the surface near the Sector 17 piazza in Chandigarh. Chandigarh, June 27
The money spent on the renovation of the Sector 17 piazza has apparently gone down the drain, with monsoon virtually exposing the slipshod work carried out by the municipal corporation.

Workers sweep water off the surface near the Sector 17 piazza in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Gurjinder Singh Fake passports case: 6 had applied for visa at Jalandhar
Chandigarh, June 27
The visa facilitation service (VFS) of Italian Embassy has revealed that six out of 11 persons had applied through Jalandhar VFS, while the remaining five had approached Delhi VFS for visa.

                                                                       Gurjinder Singh

Midday Meal Scheme
Administration proposes cooking sheds
An illustrative view of the proposed cooking shed for midday meal programme. A Tribune photograph Chandigarh, June 27
Chandigarh administration is adopting the theory of ‘centralised system’ for streamlining the nationwide mid-day meal programme. For the first time, the administration has come out with a novel idea of preparing exclusive cooking sheds for preparing mid-day meal. A proposal of over Rs 2 crore has been planned for the purpose.

An illustrative view of the proposed cooking shed for midday meal programme. — A Tribune photograph

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw during his visit to The Tribune in 1994 on the 113th anniversary celebrations of the newspaper. An Officer and a Gentleman
Chandigarh, June 27
The legend is no more. India’s best-known Army chief, has marched into eternity. He will be remembered as a soldier and a gentleman.

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw during his visit to The Tribune in 1994 on the 113th anniversary celebrations of the newspaper. — A Tribune photograph

Convicted employees still working
Chandigarh, June 27
Despite being convicted in cases of corruption, about 12 government employees are still working in the Ambala division.

F&CC panel okays maintenance contract
Chandigarh, June 27
The finance and contract committee of the municipal corporation, under the chairmanship of mayor Pardeep Chhabra, accorded approval of various agenda items, including martyr’s gallery at Shanti Kunj Garden and annual maintenance contract for streetlighting on various roads, markets and parkings.

Home Loan
Interest rate hike breaks many a dream
Chandigarh, June 27
Vivek (35), who works as an executive in a multinational company, has dropped the idea of owning a dream house in the city with banks hiking the rate of interest recently.

Speaking Out
Home a distant dream
With the Chandigarh Housing Board flats going between Rs 23 lakh and Rs 68 lakh under the assured allotment scheme, the dream of owning a house in the tricity has been dashed for many. This is what a cross-section of people had to say to Aarti Kapur on the rise in property prices:  

No place for selfish persons in people’s heart: Kanwaljit
Zirakpur, June 27
Punjab cooperation minister and general secretary of SAD Capt Kanwaljit Singh said today that selfish and egoistic persons have no place in the heart of people.

Captain changed stand, says Sharma
Zirakpur, June 27
Lashing out at Punjab cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh, former president of municipal council Narinder Sharma, today launched his election campaign by questioning the change in stand of the minister.

Premium matters more to insurance companies
Chandigarh, June 27
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that the practice of repudiating insurance claims, on one pretext or the other, has to come to an end. In a strongly-worded order, Justice Ranjit Singh has ruled that more than a few insurance companies were “more concerned about earning premium, and saving the liability, rather than sticking to the agreed terms”.

Govt offices owe Rs 2 cr to power dept
Chandigarh, June 26
When it comes to paying the power bills, government departments are the biggest defaulters. In the list of defaulters for the non-payment of electricity bills to the tune of Rs 2 crore, the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat office occupies the top slot with bills worth Rs 87.37 lakh pending for the past many years.

Oldest resident dies at 104
Chandigarh, June 27
The city has lost its seniormost citizen, Jamuna Das, at 104. He retired as a government official and died due to prolonged illness. He is survived by three sons.

Beggars go about their business even as the Chandigarh police has failed to curb their activity. Police can’t take beggars off streets
Chandigarh, June 27
Beggars in the city seem to be one step ahead of the Chandigarh police. In the recent past, the police has launched several drives to curb the increasing activity of beggars, but to not much success.

BEGGING FOR FAVOUR: Beggars go about their business even as the Chandigarh police has failed to curb their activity. — Tribune photo by Vinay Malik

Chhat Bir loses its Gullu
Zirakpur, June 27
Gullu, the one-year-old white tiger cub at Chhat Bir Zoo, died here today. The cub was one of the major attractions for the visitors and his death is being considered as a major loss for the zoological park. Punjab chief wild life warden M.P. Rai said Gullu died due to lung infection that led to sudden system failure of the albino tiger cub.

Video on female foeticide out
Punjab DGP N.P.S. Aulakh releases Punjabi video ''Sohniyan Punjabna'' by Dr Gurmel Chahal in Mohali on Friday.Mohali, June 27
Punjab DGP N.P.S. Aulakh today released Punjabi video ''Sohniyan Punjabna'' written and sung by Dr Gurmel Chahal. After a resounding success of his telefilm on female foeticide ''Dheeyan Maro Na'', Dr Chahal has come out with this new video with the message to stop female foeticide.

Punjab DGP N.P.S. Aulakh releases Punjabi video ''Sohniyan Punjabna'' by Dr Gurmel Chahal in Mohali on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

NIPER likely to get Rs 169 crore grant
Mohali, June 27
A valedictory function of the Capacity Building Project (CBP), sponsored by the union ministry of health and family welfare and funded by World Bank, was organised at the Convention Centre of the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER).

Reporters diary
Oil on thieves’ mind
Motorbike owners, beware! Parking your vehicles in the open can be hazardous to your pocket. With international prices of crude oil crossing the $140 mark a barrel, street-smart thieves aren’t after your bikes, but petrol.

Endless wait for voter card
I am resident of Sector 20, Panchkula. My photograph was clicked the first time for voter card in 2004 and then again in 2005. But I have not received the voter card till date. Whenever I go to the local election office, I am shown a list with my name and photograph and told to wait for the voter card. I am tired of waiting. It seems endless.

PCA’s attitude disgraceful
It's shocking that the PCA authorities did not put up Kapil Dev’s mural until yesterday. What hurts me the most is the fact that while Delhi and London honoured him for his historic victory of 1983 World Cup, Chandigarh has given him step motherly treatment by not bothering to put his poster in place before June 25.


Now, PU has more courses to offer
Chandigarh, June 27
Students seeking admission in Panjab University can now choose from an array of new courses added this year. These new courses are under the categories of self-financing, professional and regular academic courses. The introduction of a variety of new courses will go a long way in increasing job prospects, skill development and value addition for the students besides the academic degrees.

High cut-off percentage lowers spirits
Chandigarh, June 12
With the much talked about Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS), the city toppers scored as high as 95 per cent marks in the medical stream, 95.6 per cent in commerce, 94 per cent in non-medical and 91.4 in the arts stream, the cut off percentage for admission in different streams would definitely give sleepless nights to students.

Tribune Impact
PU sets criteria for new courses
Chandigarh, June 27
After the Chandigarh Tribune reported the flawed criterion of the Panjab University for admissions in two new self-financing courses, BSc (electronics) and MSc (electronics) under the story ‘PU new courses have no details’ published on June 22, the authorities today sent a press note stating that the admission to both the courses would be merit-based.

UIET students protest fee hike
Chandigarh, June 27
Students of UIET (University Institute of Engineering and Technology) alongwith PUSU activists today gathered in front of the VC’s office on PU campus demanding a rollback in the hike of the fee of NRIs and NRI-sponsored students in UIET.

11,217 forms submitted for 11,000 seats
Chandigarh, June 27
A total of 11,217 admission forms for Class XI government schools have been received for 11,000 seats till today. The total sale of prospectus in all the three languages has been recorded as 12,206. Meanwhile, the education department has completed arrangements for the counselling for Class XI admissions, which has been scheduled for July 2 at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10.

From Colleges
NIPER professor gets Innocentive award
Mohali, June 27
Ravi P. Shah, doctoral student of the department of pharmaceutical analysis, at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), S.A.S. Nagar, has won the Innocentive challenge Award entitled “Rapid Phytosterol Analysis in Plant Oil Samples”.


Court holiday on June 30
Chandigarh, June 27
The judicial courts in Punjab will not function on Monday due to general elections to the municipal councils and nagar panchayats, along with bye-elections to nagar panchayat.

Domestic Violence
Verma’s pre-arrest bail plea disposed of
Chandigarh, June 27
Disposing of the anticipatory bail of Anurag Verma, an IAS officer and managing director (MD) of Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation, district and sessions judge K.K. Garg today directed the police to give a five-day notice to the IAS officer before arresting him.


Billboards along NH-21 removed
Kharar, June 27
As many as 14 billboards on government land on the Chandigarh-Kharar road were removed today. Municipal council officials started removing the billboards at around 9 am and by 4 pm, the entire stretch had been cleared.

Head constable caught with woman, booked
Head constable Pardeep Kumar, who was caught with a woman, being taken to the police station in Ambala on Friday.Ambala, June 27
Residents of Shivalik Colony, Ambala City, held a demonstration at the city police station today when the SHO delayed to register a case against head constable Pardeep Kumar who was found with a woman at her house in the colony. According to information, the woman was residing in the colony separately for the past one year and was not on speaking terms with her husband. Pardeep used to visit the woman and both allegedly had illicit relations.

Head constable Pardeep Kumar, who was caught with a woman, being taken to the police station in Ambala on Friday. — Tribune photo by Kamal Sachar

Hemkund Mishap
Relatives of victims allege mismanagement
Behrampur (Bassi Pathana), June 27
Relatives of missing victims of Hemkund Sahib tragedy alleged mismanagement in the rescue work. People from this village have lost all hopes of finding their near and dear ones.

Three cops suspended for fudging facts
Ambala, June 27
The in charge of Shahjadpur police station and two head constables were suspended by the SP, Sibas Kaviraj, today. A departmental inquiry had revealed that they had not disclosed true facts in an FIR.

Civic amenities missing at Khatik Mohalla
Kalka, June 27
The residents of Khatik Mohalla, ward no. 4 in Kalka, are forced to live in unhygienic conditions for last many years. They are deprived of basic amenities due to the apathetic attitude of the local and district administration.

Now, industrial units to get NoC sooner
Patiala, June 27
To ensure industrial development in the state, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has decided to issue no objection certificates (NOC) to new units sooner.

MC Polls
Vote ruling alliance for development: Khurana
Bassi Pathana, June 27
The development of the town completely depends upon the funds provided by the government because majority of the councils do not have their own sources of income. The ruling alliance candidates must be voted to power for the development of the district, as only they can get funds from the government.

Villagers panic as Bhakhra channel damaged
Workers repair the cracks in the Bhakra channel near Sidhwan village in Fatehgarh Sahib. Sidhwan (Fatehgarh Sahib), June 27
Panic gripped a large number of villages situated along the main Bhakhra line when a 30-ft channel damaged this afternoon. The damage was first detected by some villagers working in the fields adjoining the river and the matter was brought to the notice of irrigation department officials who reached the spot.
Workers repair the cracks in the Bhakra channel near Sidhwan village in Fatehgarh Sahib. — A Tribune photograph


Senior National Softball
UT teams reach quarterfinals
Chandigarh, June 27
Chandigarh teams, in both men and women categories, moved into the quarter-finals of the 30th Senior National Softball Championship being played on the Panjab University campus here today.

SAI president claims election unanimous
Chandigarh, June 27
Newly elected president of the Softball Association of India (SAI) Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi today firmly denied that there was any split in the association. Addressing media at a local hotel, Sodhi said he was unanimously elected president during the 37th annual general body meeting held at UT Guest House here on June 24.

Cricket tourney
Chandigarh, June 27
As many as six teams will take part in the Amar Singh Memorial Under-12 Cricket Tournament, starting from July 1.


Health centre director held for violation of Act
Panchkula, June 27
High drama prevailed at Sector 11 market when the visitors to a fitness and health centre, objecting to the arrest of the director of the company, tried to block the traffic here today. The police said the centre was violating the drug and objectionable advertisement Act. The clients who were present on the spot, however, claimed that they got relief from their ailments after visiting the centre.

Munshi arrested for raping maid
Chandigarh, June 27
The police has arrested a munshi working in the water works department for allegedly raping a maid under the influence of liquor.

Man held for bid to break open ATM
Chandigarh, June 27
M.L. Kalra, assistant manager, State Bank of India, Sector 7, lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Dharam Singh, a resident of Sector 7-C, was caught red-handed while trying to break open an ATM of the bank in Sector 7 yesterday.


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