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Protesting BJP activists lathicharged
Chandigarh, July 3
The bandh called by the BJP and the VHP against cancellation of land allotment to the Amarnath Shrine Board remained peaceful in the city, barring a few incidents.
Activists of the BJP block traffic near the Sector 22-21 traffic junction on Thursday
Activists of the BJP block traffic near the Sector 22-21 traffic junction on Thursday. —Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan


Boy slips into pit, drowns
RajatPanchkula, July 3
A five-year-old boy was drowned in a pit dug up for laying a sewerage by HUDA at Nada village here today. Rajat left home to play with his friends in the evening when he presumably slipped into the pit full of rainwater. HUDA is developing Sector 31 in the area.

Truckers’ Strike
Only 40 trucks bring supplies
Chandigarh, July 3
The nationwide truckers’ strike has begun to hit trade.The supply of fruits and vegetables to retail chains have been hit, though the local market remained unaffected.

Phase V residents lose battle against rainwater
Mohali, July 3
For residents of Phase V here, rainwater woes have come to haunt them once again. After a two-year legal battle,they had managed a special storm water drainage system installed for the sector. The system installed at a cost of over Rs 1 crore has failed to work.

Wife beating: Anurag quizzed
Chandigarh, July 3
Anurag Verma, senior IAS officer and MD of the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation who was booked on charges of beating up his wife, was interrogated by the police today.



Hawkers want their utensils back
Chandigarh, July 3
Brass utensils confiscated from hawkers selling eatables on cycles have been going “missing” from the store of the municipal corporation building in Sector 17 lately. A brass container costs anything between Rs 2500 and 3,000 depending on its weight. Each of the brass containers stolen weighs between 5 and 7 kg. Interestingly, the fine charged from a violator is not more than Rs 500. The officials concerned issue receipts to hawkers mentioning the status of containers as “in balance”.

In her death, she gave new life to 4
Chandigarh, July 3
Hemraj, who donated the organs of his brain dead wife who died a few days ago, seeks solace in the fact that in her death, Usha Rani gave a new lease of life to at least four persons, including an 18-year-old boy from Patiala.

Brain dead person can save many lives: Docs
Chandigarh, July 3
Each organ retrieved from a brain dead person can save a life, Prof M. Minz, head of transplant surgery, said at a press conference here today.

Poor response in Mohali, Panchkula
Mohali, July 3
The all-India bandh call given by the Vishva Hindu Parishad over the issue of the Amarnath Shrine Board met with a negligible response here. Most of the shops were open in the morning but within an hour, volunteers of the parishad forced their closure. However, by afternoon, the shops re-opened.

Elderly alleges threat to life from sons
Chandigarh, July 2
In a complaint to the local police, an elderly man, Ravi Prakash, has alleged threat to his life from his own sons, who are eying his shop at Sector 17.

No one updates UT website
Chandigarh, July 3
Even as the city claims to be making strides on the IT horizons, particularly in the backdrop of the establishment of the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP), the official website of the Chandigarh administration continues to be replete with bloomers.



UGC to open 374 autonomous colleges
Chandigarh, July 3
Higher education is all set to get a major boost with the UGC announcing to open 374 new autonomous colleges across the country in collaboration with ministry of human resources and development under the 11th five-year plan. Also, coming up, is a big bonanza for students and different colleges to grab the best of schemes of the UGC and get funded.

Class XI Admissions
Science seats in 4 schools taken
Students await their turn at admission centre in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, Chandigarh on Thursday. Chandigarh, July 3
With the filling of 1,584 seats in the science stream (general category, Class XI), four schools closed admission to this stream here today. While seats in the science stream were taken in GMSSS-16 and GMSSS-35 yesterday, today GMSSS-37 and GMSSS-33 filled the seats at a cut-off of 78.4 per cent and 76.2 per cent, respectively.

Students await their turn at admission centre in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, Chandigarh on Thursday. —Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Contract lecturers’ selection under cloud
Chandigarh, July 3
The selection procedure followed by the authorities for selecting lecturers on contract in government colleges across the city has drawn the ire of many senior lecturers of the colleges.

Academics’ conference held at Panjab University
Principals and administrators attend the convention held on Panjab University campus on Thursday.Chandigarh, July 3
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today addressed the first state-level convention of academics held at University Auditorium at Panjab University campus here today. The convention included UGC’s top brass, about 500 principals from various colleges in the state, vice-chancellors and administrators.

Principals and administrators attend the convention held on Panjab University campus on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

Badal favours central status for PU
Chandigarh, July 3
Finally, after days of silence over the issue of central status to Panjab University, the Punjab Chief Minister today clarified his government’s stand. Making optimum use of the occasion, the first ever-state level convention of all colleges of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal said it was wrong on the part of those who said he was opposing Panjab University becoming a central university. He said, “In fact, I have insisted that Punjab should get two central universities.”

Workshop for teachers 
Chandigarh, July 3
In an effort to empower the teaching faculty with advance training programme as well as to provide the best to the students, The Gurukul school management conducted a two-day special workshop at their three branches at Chandigarh, Panchkula and Madanpura.

DPI (S) wants to be repatriated
Chandigarh, July 3
In a sudden development, S.K. Setia, DPI (Schools), has sought repatriation to his parent state of Haryana on health grounds.


Restore direct quota posts, BSNL told
Chandigarh, July 3
In a significant judgment affecting the promotion avenues of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) employees across the country, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the telecom giant to restore the posts that were diverted from direct recruitment quota to 35 per cent departmental quota.

Author summoned
Chandigarh, July 3
“A Brief History of Modern India”, a book authored by senior Punjab IPS officer Rajv Ahir, is in the eye of storm for alleged remarks against certain freedom fighters. And, acting on a petition filed by a human rights organisation, a local court has summoned the author along with other contributors for July 17 to present their side of the story.


Admn goes into reshuffle overdrive
Chandigarh, July 3
The Chandigarh administration has gone in overdrive while following Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) guidelines while rotating officials posted on sensitive posts.


Bandh: One hurt in Patiala
Patiala, July 3
On the call of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and other Hindu organisations like Rashtriya Sewak Sangh (RSS), Shiv Sena (Hindustan), Shiv Sena (Bal Thackrey), All-India Hindu Suraksha Samiti, Bajrang Dal (the youth wing of VHP) etc, a bandh was observed in the city today against the government’s decision to take away 800 acres of land of the Amarnath Shrine Board.

Subhiksha targeted in Rajpura
Fatehgarh Sahib/Rajpura, July 3
Partial bandh was observed in Fateharh Sahib with shops closed for a few hours in the morning during the BJP-VHP's daylong nationwide bandh against revoking of the land donated to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board.

Ambala remains shut
Ambala, July 3
The bandh call given by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to protest against the decision of the Jammu and Kashmir government to cancel the allotment of land to the Amarnath Shrine Board was successful in Ambala district except for a stray incident when a shopkeeper met with a heart attack.

Ropar peaceful
Ropar, July 3
The bandh evoked mixed response from various quarters today. The call passed off peacefully and no incidence of violence was reported.

Brawl over mango claims life
Kharar, July 3
A man succumbed to his injuries after getting injured in a brawl over a minor issue of plucking mangoes from a garden.


YPS beat DP Azad Academy in U-12 tourney
Mohali, July 3
Desh Prem Azad Cricket Academy prevailed over Yadvindra Public School Academy (YPS) by 2 runs in a pool B match of the first Sardar Amar Singh Memorial Cricket Tournament for under-12 at the YPS ground here today.

Jr Golf: Patiala’s Sandhu shares lead in group D
Chandigarh, July 3
Jairaj Singh Sandhu of Patiala shared the lead in category D (under 10 years) on the penultimate day of the Lalit Suri Northern India Junior/Sub-junior Golf Championship as Rashid Khan took a five-stroke lead in the A division on the par-72 greens of the Army Environmental Park and Training Area (Army golf course) at Dhaula Kuan in Delhi today.

U-15 cricket trials from tomorrow
Chandigarh, July 3
The Punjab Cricket Federation will conduct selection trials at Sector 16 cricket stadium here on July 5.


Cop booked for eve-teasing
Chandigarh, July 3
The Chandigarh police booked ASI Manjit Singh on the charges of eve-teasing here today. According to the police, Sector 39 resident Suman Bala alleged that the ASI on duty misbehaved with her when she was taking a stroll with her family in the evening

Passport Case
Lucky’s brother arrested
Chandigarh, July 3
The crime branch of the Chandigarh Police arrested Amarjit Singh, brother of Gurjinder Singh Lucky, a Jalandhar-based travel agent involved in a stolen passports case, from the city this evening.

Murder Case
Doctors reconstruct charred woman’s face
Chandigarh, July 3
The police is groping in the dark in the case pertaining to the murder of an unidentified woman whose charred body was found near Ram Darbar here on April 22. The killers had defaced the victim to conceal her identity.


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