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IAS officer commits suicide
Chhatwal was disturbed over a domestic issue and was under depression
Suicide note says no one should be held responsible for this step
Chandigarh, October 20Members of the dog squad enter the Sector-39 house of IAS officer A.S. Chhatwal (inset) in Chandigarh on Monday.
A 1986-batch IAS officer of Punjab Avinash Singh Chhatwal allegedly committed suicide at his official residence in Sector 39, here this evening. Chhatwal was posted as secretary, science and technology and was also commissioner, NRI affairs.
Members of the dog squad enter the Sector-39 house of IAS officer A.S. Chhatwal (inset) in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Face of the state for NRIs
The news of A. S.Chhatwal’s suicide has sent shock waves among the state’s bureaucracy. A host of bureaucrats, including the Punjab chief secretary R.I. Singh and principal secretary to the Chief Minister D.S. Guru, both close friends of Chhatwal waited anxiously along with the family in the PGI emergency. 

‘Lop-sided’ policy comes under a cloud
UT adopting different yardsticks for allotment & renting out grounds 
Chandigarh, October 20
The allotment policy of the Chandigarh Administration regarding the renting of the exhibition grounds for organising fairs has come under a cloud. With administration's two wings-the estate office and the municipal corporation of Chandigarh (MCC)-adopting different yardsticks for the allotment of the grounds, lack of coordination between them has come to the fore again.


PGI strike called off
Chandigarh, October 20
After getting a written apology from assistant professor of the urology department, who allegedly slapped a senior resident doctor, the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) called off their strike today. Over 800 resident doctors went on an indefinite strike after Dr Santosh Kumar refused to apologise to Dr Sanand who was allegedly slapped by him in front of OT technicians and other staff members last Wednesday. Doctors had stopped working in OPDs causing immense problem to patients who came to hospital this morning.

Overriding safety
Most fatal accidents in the city involve two-wheelers, especially motorcycles 
Chandigarh, October 20
Over 40 per cent of victims of fatal accidents in the city are two-wheeler riders. This, despite the fact that the Chandigarh Traffic Police has booked the highest number of two-wheeler riders driving without helmets this year. The violation seems to continue unabated taking toll on city roads.


UT seeks probe report from school
Chandigarh, October 20
Taking the cognisance of the second case of alleged sodomisation of a hosteller at DAV, Sector 8, UT administration has sought a detailed inquiry report from the school authorities.

Rodrigues flags off mobile clinicUT administrator S.F. Rodrigues flags off a mobile clinic in Chandigarh
Chandigarh, October 20
As part of the Gurta Gaddi Diwas celebrations, UT administrator S.F. Rodrigues inaugurated a mega medical camp and flagged off a fully-equipped AC mobile clinic bus launched by the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Sewa Society at the IMA Bhawan, Sector 35, here today.

UT administrator S.F. Rodrigues flags off a mobile clinic in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Home secy visits Burail jail
Chandigarh, October 20 UT home secretary Ram Niwas today visited Model Jail, Burail, to review the progress of the ongoing projects on the jail premises. He interacted with inmates of the jail and gave a patient hearing to their grievances.

PGI Strike
When patients writhed in pain
Chandigarh, October 20
Jatin Khanna of Ambala lay unattended in critical state at PGI emergency; Nine-year-old Abhinav (name changed) from Haridwar with a fractured bone awaited surgery in ortho surgery department; Muzaffarnagar Asmi’s operation at PGI’s neurosurgery department got postponed.

GMADA seeks metro link for peripheral towns
Mohali, October 20
For the integrated mass transit system in Chandigarh’s periphery, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has sought inclusion of major peripheral towns in the proposed metro project.

Kundi connection costs tenant his life
Chandigarh, October 20
Gheesu Lal, a 20-year-old man, was electrocuted at his rented accommodation in Gobindpura locality in Mani Majra here this afternoon.


ICFAI students hold protest
Chandigarh, October 20
Around 70 students of INC (ICFAI National College), Sector 25, of the current MBA batch staged a protest against the authorities today.


Procured paddy yet to be lifted
Bassi Pathana, October 20
Thousands of bags of procured paddy continue to lie at the local grain market as well those in the adjoining areas. At Chunni grain market, around one lakh bags of procured paddy are yet to be lifted by the procurement agencies.

Vacancies in colleges to be filled soon: Minister
Patiala, October 20
Dr Upinderjit Kaur, minister of higher education, said today that all vacancies of teachers and principals of colleges lying vacant in Punjab would be filled soon.

Students of Rayat and Bahra Institute of Engineering and Biotechnology, Sahauran, after getting top position in advanced robotics workshop. Rayat team bags top slot
Kharar, October 20
A team of biomedical engineers from Rayat and Bahra Institute of Engineering and Biotechnology, Sahauran, bagged the top position during a two-day workshop on advanced robotics Robokriti organised at Thapar University, Patiala.

Students of Rayat and Bahra Institute of Engineering and Biotechnology, Sahauran, after getting top position in advanced robotics workshop. A Tribune photograph

105 prisoners freed
Ropar, October 20
105 prisoners lodged in various jails of the state were released today on the occasion of Gurta Gaddi Diwas celebrations. Cabinet minister for jails, tourism and cultural affairs, Hira Singh Gabria, released all these prisoners from the Ropar jail.

Heritage fest to kick off with carnival
Ropar, October 20
The six-day Ropar Heritage Festival will kick off with a carnival tomorrow. The town will witness a caravan of horses, camels and elephants pass through the town.

Farmers block rly traffic
Fatehgarh Sahib/Rajpura, October 20
Various farmers organisations today blocked rail traffic at Rajpura and Fatehgarh Sahib and demanded a hike in paddy MSP. They blocked railway traffic for nearly two hours and shouted slogans against the Centre for announcing meager bonus.

Residents stage dharna
Ambala, October 20
The residents of Balmiki Majri staged dharna in front of Police Post No. 4 at Ambala on Monday to protest against the in-charge of the police post. Gulshan Sonu, the municipal councilor of the area and Davinder Lucky, leader of the dharna alleged the police post in-charge, Ajmer Singh, manhandled the former president of the sanitary workers union on Sunday. They alleged that he had abused some other residents of the locality without any reason.


Summons issued to Bhajji, Mona
Chandigarh, October 20
Civil Judge Palwinderjit Kaur today issued summons in the suit against spinner Harbhajan Singh, his dance partner Mona Singh and episode director of a reality show. The case was adjourned to November 4.

Graft Case
CBI indicts Tiwari
Chandigarh, October 20
The CBI Special Court of Jagdeep Jain today framed charges of corruption against a proprietor of emigrants, K. P. Tiwari, for demanding a bribe of Rs 2.5 lakh. The court also framed the charges of corruption and abetment to corruption against a co-accused in the case, Rajesh Kumar.

General category to get vacant quota seats soon
Chandigarh, October 20
Students of the general category seeking admission to various courses in Panjab University have a reason to cheer about as the university is going to allot its vacant seats under the OBC quota to the general category students.
This is being done on the directions of the Supreme Court wherein the court had ordered on October 14 that the seats under OBC quota not filled due to want of eligible candidates can be allotted to the students under the general category in all the Central educational institutions.


‘Mendicant’ cons three of Rs 44,000
Chandigarh, October 20
A group of tricksters duped three persons in the Industrial Area, Phase I, of over Rs 44,000 in a dramatic manner yesterday.

Bomb hoax in Mohali; man held
Mohali, October 20
The police remained on their toes when a person called up the Chandigarh Police control room today informing it that bombs had been planted in a factory in Industrial Area, Phase 3, Mohali, and it would explode at 11.05 am.

Rs 3,000, phone stolen from car
Chandigarh, October 20
Parableen Sodhi, a resident of Sector 15, filed a complaint with the police alleging that her purse containing Rs 3,000, mobile phone, salary cheque and other items were stolen from her Alto car (CH-03-Z-9606) from Sector 8 yesterday. A case has been registered under Section 380 of the IPC at police station of Sector 3.


Chandigarh, Surjit Academy in semis
Chandigarh, October 20
Hosts Chandigarh Hockey Academy and Surjit Hockey Academy today joined Lucknow Hockey Academy in the semifinals of the first Administrator's Challenge Cup Hockey Tournament for Under-17 being organised by the Chandigarh sports department at the Sector 42 hockey stadium here.

PSB Academy enter semis
Chandigarh, October 20
The Punjab and Sind Bank Academy of Jalandhar became the fourth team to qualify for the semi-finals in the inaugural Administrator's Challenge Cup Hockey Tournament for Under-17 being hosted by the Chandigarh Sports Department at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here today.

CFA, Stephen's, DAV win
Chandigarh, October 20
Chandigarh Football Academy Coaching Centre of Sector 45 defeated Sri Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26, by 2-0 in a Group B match of the Chandigarh Senior Women Football Championship for Deepak Kapania Memorial Trophy at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here today.


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