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Seats in city colleges up by 3,000
Chandigarh, July 9
Panjab University has increased the total number of seats by 3,000 in Chandigarh and about 10,000 in Punjab through its affiliated colleges. The university authorities have decided to increase 10 seats per unit in BBA, BCA and B.Com, the total not exceeding 25 seats, and 10 seats in each course in its affiliated colleges of arts, science and commerce for 2008-09.

Fee Regulation
VC warns erring colleges
Chandigarh, July 9
Panjab University today cracked the whip on colleges found violating the decision of the syndicate on uniform fee structure.

Can PU tackle cyber ragging?
Chandigarh, July 9
Clippings showing ragging in Delhi University have been posted at all major web portals on the Internet. These clippings show novel ways of ragging, which are extreme. As Panjab University opens its doors to fresh students in a fortnight or so, this threat of cyber ragging cannot be ignored.

Cops don’t buy Samir’s kidnap story
Samir Gupta cries in agony as he appears at the Sector 36 police station in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Chandigarh, July 9
The mystery shrouding the disappearance of the Mukerian-based bank manager, Samir Gupta, failed to unravel even after his return. Gupta, who returned to the city from Bulandshahr this evening, failed to give any satisfactory answer about his whereabouts for the past two days either to the police or the media on the plea that he was "tense and unfit" to speak.

Samir Gupta cries in agony as he appears at the Sector 36 police station in Chandigarh on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by 
Manoj Mahajan


For his good, parents get son kidnapped
Mohali, July 9
In a heart-rending incident, parents of a drug addict forced workers of a de-addiction centre to “kidnap” their son and take him to the centre for treatment.

GMCH-32 just short of everything
Chandigarh, July 9
A major shortage of essential medicines, cotton and gauze may hit patient-care services in Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, owing to laxity of the hospital’s finance department.


Allotment rules amended
No govt houses for P’kula, Mohali officials
Chandigarh, July 9
The Chandigarh administration has decided not to allot government accommodation to officials posted in the adjoining districts of Punjab and Haryana. This rule applies to senior officials of the two states.

Sampark centres to accept VAT, CST returns
Chandigarh, July 9
The Chandigarh administration has decided to receive VAT and CST returns (quarterly/monthly) at e-sampark centres in the city. This has been done to extend the service to assesses.

Contractor locks in XEN, SDO
Chandigarh, July 9
High drama was witnessed at the MC’s office in Sector 17 here this afternoon when a contractor reportedly locked Surinder Singh Kandhola, XEN, electricity, and SDO A.K. Dadwal, who was placed under suspension after being booked in a corruption case.

PU gets two patents
Chandigarh, July 9
Based on the scientific innovations by Dr R.K. Kohli, senior professor and coordinator, Centre for Environment, Panjab University (PU), in collaboration with Dr Parikshit Bansal from NIPER and Dr Jatinder Arora of Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, PU, the patent office of the Government of India granted the team two separate patents.

Parking: Cab operators harass motorists
Chandigarh, July 9
AC cab operators seem to be a law unto themselves. Their alleged high-handedness has been inconveniencing motorists, but the city administration seems to be doing nothing about it.

Taxis parked at the land leased to cab operators by the Chandigarh Administration in Sector 17. — Tribune photo by 
Parvesh Chauhan
Taxis parked at the land leased to cab operators by the Chandigarh Administration in Sector 17.

Non-AC cabs to hit road by month-end
Chandigarh, July 9
Almost two years after the Chandigarh administration “hurriedly” introduced AC cabs, it has thought of providing an alternative mode of cheap travel by cabs.

Phasing out of old autorickshaws
Owners to protest admn move
Chandigarh, July 9
At least 1,200 autorickshaws running on petrol/diesel that were issued permit for 15 years by the state transport authority (STA) will go off road once the decision of the Chandigarh administration to phase out all such vehicles within one year comes into force.

IAF trekking expedition returns
Chandigarh, July 9
Air Cmde S.R.K. Nair, Air Officer Commanding, 12 Wing welcomed back the Indian Air Force trekking expedition, which returned to the Air Force Station here today after successfully traversing Chamba, Bharmaur and Lahaul Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The team had left Chandigarh on June 26.

Air Cmde S.R.K. Nair, Air Officer Commanding, 12 Wing (right) with members of the IAF trekking expedition after receiving the team in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Air Cmde S.R.K. Nair, Air Officer Commanding, 12 Wing (right) with members of the IAF trekking expedition after receiving the team in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Governor takes stock of Sarangpur project
Chandigarh, July 9
To give a push to infrastructure development in the institutional area of Sarangpur, UT Administrator S.F. Rodrigues today visited the site and took stock of the progress of different components of work in this significant project including the education city, the equesterian academy, the film city and the amusement park.

Rodrigues to open IT conclave
Chandigarh, July 9
e-Revolution 2008, the fourth in the series of international conclaves initiated by the Chandigarh administration along with the Governments of Punjab and Haryana and STPI, to promote this region for information and communication technology industry will be held on August 7 and 8. The theme of this year’s mega IT event is "The changing landscape: creating new trends and opportunities". The event will be inaugurated by UT Administrator S.F. Rodrigues. 

Fewer cuts has power dept smiling
Chandigarh, July 9
The city’s electricity department, which usually faces the heat from consumers in summer, is smiling. Reason: Very few power cuts owing to reduced demand for electricity.

Fun Republic Case
CBI probe drags on
Chandigarh, July 9
The CBI is taking its own time to investigate the infamous Fun Republic case. Names of some officials in the estate office and Chandigarh Administration had figured in the sensational case based on charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act and criminal conspiracy.

Consumer Forum
Citi Bank told to pay compensation
Chandigarh, July 9
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Citi Bank to issue no-dues certificate and pay a compensation of Rs 5,000 for harassing a resident of Mohali.

Mansa Devi board moots hospital for the poor
Panchkula, July 9
At a time when Indian private health care business is booming- it is expected to touch 18 billion dollars in a few years- and many renowned corporate houses opening super-speciality hospitals to earn big money, Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board here has come up with a proposal to open one such hospital that would cater to the poor.

Elderly couples find solace in old-age homes
Chandigarh, July 9
Are you offering emotional support to the elders ? Is your association helping senior citizens overcome the problem of loneliness? What support can you give to a person who is facing isolation? These are queries which are made by NRIs through Internet to Helpage India, an association dealing with the elder citizens’ problems and assisting them in leading a happy life.

PTL takes up ‘Green Mohali’ mission
Mohali, July 9
Punjab Tractors Limited (PTL) has decided to spend one per cent of its profit on community development in the sphere of health, education and environment protection as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Development course for SMOs
Mohali, July 9
The sixth professional development course (PDC) in management, public health and health sector reforms for district-level senior medical officers was inaugurated by health and family welfare minister Prof Laxmi Kanta Chawla here yesterday.

Justice Aggarwal bereaved
Zirakpur, July 9
Darshan Lal (57), a patwari posted at Dera Bassi, died in an accident here last evening. The victim was the brother of Justice S.N. Aggarwal, chairman of the Consumer Forum, Punjab.

2 students hurt in bus-car collision
Panchkula, July 9
Two school children were injured when their school bus collided with a Balero at Sector 26 here today. The children belonged to Doon Public School, Sector 21.

Street play on female foeticide
Chandigarh, July 9
The Punjabi Movies and Theatre Academy has taken upon itself the task of sensitising the issue of female foeticide. Members of the academy, under the guidance of scriptwriter Manbhavan and director Daljeet Singh, presented street play ‘Problem 3050’ at Plaza, Sector 17, here, today. The director said the play was based on the prevailing evil of female foeticide. The play revolves around two brothers who had never seen women and they pray to God for bestowing a lady in their lives.


Stumped by rules, student left high and dry
Chandigarh, July 9
Yesterday, Pushpender had a seat (reserved category) in two colleges. Today, he has none. Government College, Sector 11, refused admission to Pushpender in BSc (Biotechnology) (application form no. 14558) when another reserved category candidate with higher percentage came to them.

Class XI Admissions
Busy day for schools offering vocational courses
Chandigarh, July 9
The counters of schools offering vocational stream had a busy day on the seventh day of the counselling session for Class XI, underway at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, here, today.

Students demand transfer of SI
Students of various organisations protest in front of the VC’s office at PU campus on Wednesday. Chandigarh, July 9
The members of the Students’ Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), under the leadership of Barinder Singh Dhillon, campus president, SOPU, along with members of the HSA and the NSUI, held an agitation in front of VC office today demanding transfer of sub-inspector Uday Pal from the university.

Students of various organisations protest in front of the VC’s office at PU campus on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan

Freshers all geared up for campus life
Chandigarh, June 9
Even with number of seats starting to shrink after the first day of college admissions, nothing seems to beat the freshers’ spirit to enter college. Amidst all the percentages, forms and documents, the students can’t wait enough for the best three years of their lives to start.


Provide bulletproof car to judge, HC tells Centre
Chandigarh, July 9
Chandigarh’s additional district and sessions judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi will now travel in the protection of a bulletproof car. Sondhi had dealt with the assassination case of Punjab’s former chief minister Beant Singh.

Judge upholds jail term for lawyer
Chandigarh, July 9
Upholding the order of the judicial magistrate (JMIC), district and sessions judge Raj Rahul Garg yesterday sentenced a lawyer, Rajesh Kohli, to three-year imprisonment for tampering with records at the district courts.

Man gets 1-yr jail for assault
Chandigarh, July 9
Additional district and sessions judge Raj Rahul Garg yesterday sentenced Ashok Kumar to one-year imprisonment in an assault case.


3-yr-old, mother killed in accident
A tractor-trolley that collided with a scooter near Jhungiyan village, Kharar, on Wednesday. Kharar, July 9
A three-year-old girl and her mother died in an accident here today. The incident took place at around 11 am near Jhungiyan village. Kamaljit Singh, a resident of Daun village was going towards Kharar with his three-year-old daughter Yashpreet Kaur and wife Ravinder Kaur on his scooter.

A tractor-trolley that collided with a scooter near Jhungiyan village, Kharar, on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Re-poll: Congress candidate wins
Banur, July 9
The Congress candidate from ward number 2 yesterday won by securing 483 votes in Banur.

Residents sore over delay in bypass project
Kalka, July 9
Residents of Kalka and Pinjore are sore over the delay in Pinjore-Kalka-Parwanoo bypass project, as it has become a major traffic bottleneck on the NH-22 and NH-21A. “Traffic chaos starts early in the morning. The situation remains the same throughout the day and aggravates in the evening hours,” said Suresh Kumar Thama, a resident of Kalka. It takes him more than one hour to reach Pinjore from Surajpur owing to traffic jam.

Heritage status fine, but what about repairs
Kalka, July 9
The 105-year old Kalka-Shimla rail track, which is 96 km long with 103 tunnels, has made it to UN’s World Heritage list, but much of its equipment is lying in a state of neglect. A rare 100-year-old trolley has been reduced to a scrap. It was run on a narrow gauge 100-metre track with the help of cables attached to a motor.The trolley was installed in 1903. The rare machine is of no use to local officials as they consider its maintenance a mere waste of time.

Site plan of lawyers’ chambers cleared
Ambala, July 9
The construction committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has cleared the site plan of lawyers’ chambers to be constructed on the court premises at Ambala City.

Pakistan rugby team bowled over by Indian hospitality
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 9
The Pakistan rugby team, visiting Fatehgarh Sahib and Mohali, is impressed with Indian hospitality.

Athletics meet on July 12
Patiala, July 9
Patiala district athletics meet will be held at the Punjabi University athletics track on July 12. The athletes will be divided in four categories, under-16 (boys and girls), under-18 (boys and girls), under-20 (boys and girls) and open category for men and women. The athletes should report at 8 am at the tracks along with original date of birth certificates, informed Ajaib Singh Kaleka, president of the Patiala Athletics Association.


Seeded players sail to quarterfinals
Mohali, July 9
The day belonged to seeded players as all got through to the quarterfinals in the ongoing Manav Mangal AITA Total Tennis Talent Series being held at Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase X, here today.

Badminton Tourney
Delhi Audit trounce AG Punjab
Chandigarh, July 9
Ashish of AG Punjab lifted the trophy in the singles category, beating Vijay of Delhi Audit 21-16, 21-15 in the IA & AD North Zone Badminton Tournament that concluded here today.

AJP Academy beat DP Azad team
Mohali, July 9
APJ Academy of Kharar set title clash with Sunny Enclave in the first Sardar Amar Singh Memorial Under-12 Cricket Tournament. The final will be held at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here tomorrow.

T20 federation revamped
Chandigarh, July 9
The Twenty20 Cricket Federation of India was reorganised today following the appointment of new office-bearers.


Lawyer held for forgery
Panchkula, July 9
A practicing lawyer accused of forgery was arrested by the local Vigilance Bureau when he surrendered before the police officials here today.


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