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Kalka Highway
SC allows removal of encroachments
…but without damaging original properties
Kalka, March 2
Disposing of a special leave writ petition, the Supreme Court today allowed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to remove encroachments along National Highway-22 passing through Kalka.

Pre-poll bonanza for GPA, plot holders
Admn notifies transfer policy
Chandigarh, March 2
On the day when the model code of conduct was enforced by the Election Commission following announcement of the dates for the Lok Sabha elections, over 15,000 general power of attorney (GPA) holders in the cooperative group housing societies got a perfect pre-poll gift with the Chandigarh administration issuing a notification allowing the transfer of shares.

Punjab rolls back rate for conveyance deed
Mohali, March 2
Just a few hours before the modal code of conduct came into effect, the Punjab Government gave a major relief to thousands of plots holders in the state. In a notification issued today, the revenue department allowed plot holders to get conveyance deed of their property registered at the allotment price instead of the present collector rate.

Poll code violated on Day 1
Zirakpur, March 2
In a blatant violation of the model code of conduct officials of the Zirakpur Municipal Corporation erected a foundation stone of re-carpeting work of the Baltana-Harmilap Nagar road here late this evening. Apparently to appease the voters, the MC officials purportedly started erecting the foundation stone of the project at about 4 pm and the work went on till 10 pm.



EARLIER STORIES

Assistant Excise and Taxation Officer CH Goel in Vigilance custody at Panchkula on Monday. Top excise official in vigilance net
Panchkula, March 2
The Panchkula branch of the Haryana Vigilance Bureau arrested an Assistant Excise and Taxation Officer while allegedly accepting bribe here today. Sleuths from the bureau allegedly caught the official, identified as CH Goel, red-handed while accepting Rs 5,000 in bribe from a businessman at his office in mini secretariat this afternoon.

Assistant Excise and Taxation Officer CH Goel in Vigilance custody at Panchkula on Monday. A Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Rs 6 lakh stolen from scooter
Chandigarh, March 2
Thieves decamped with Rs 6 lakh from the glove box of a scooter belonging to a Dera Bassi-based government schoolteacher today.



COMMUNITY

Rodrigues inaugurates 2nd phase of Snehalaya
UT Administrator SF Rodrigues inaugurates the second phase of Snehalaya at Maloya on Monday.Chandigarh, March 2
SF Rodrigues, UT administrator, dedicated the second phase of Snehalaya-a vocational training centre for street children at Maloya, here today. While interacting with the members of NGOs on the occasion he said the third phase of the project would be completed by March 31, thus making it fully functional to accommodate 900 children.

UT Administrator SF Rodrigues inaugurates the second phase of Snehalaya at Maloya on Monday. A Tribune photograph


Children play in an under-construction building on the outskirts of Mohali on Monday.
Children play in an under-construction building on the outskirts of Mohali on Monday. Tribune photo: Kamal Kishore

Poll code comes to Mehra’s rescue
To stay put till completion of election process
Chandigarh, March 2

The first round of the slugfest between UT Administrator S.F. Rodrigues and his Adviser Pradip Mehra seems to have gone in favour of the former.

Woman electrocuted
Chandigarh, March 2
A 33-year-old woman, Harinder Kaur, was electrocuted at her residence in Sector 46 here today.

4,000 get SBI loan letters
Chandigarh, March 2
The State Bank of India (SBI) today sanctioned loans to 4,000 beneficiaries under the differential rate of interest (DRI) scheme. The loan sanction letters were given away to the beneficiaries at a function held at Community Centre, Sector 28.

A policeman examines the car that caught fire on the road separating Sectors 37 and 38 in Chandigarh on Monday. Car catches fire
Chandigarh, March 2
Two students of Punjab Engineering College had a providential escape when their car caught fire following a short-circuit this evening. The incident took place on the road separating Sectors 37 and 38. The car occupants got off the vehicle before it caught fire.

A policeman examines the car that caught fire on the road separating Sectors 37 and 38 in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Meeting to review poll preparations
Chandigarh, March 2
With the declaration of Lok Sabha polls and the model code of conduct coming into force today, district Election Officer-cum-Returning Officer R.K. Rao convened a meeting of the assistant returning officers to take stock of the election preparations.

Seminar on Majaz Lukhnavi kicks off
Mange Ram Gupta (centre) with Haryana Governor AR Kidwai; and (right) Sheba Liaquat Ali presides over a function in Chandigarh on Monday.Chandigarh, March 2
“Aei gham-e-dil kya karoon, vaihshte dil kya karoon,” a timeless poetic creation and many more alike established the literary prominence of Urdu poet, Asrar-ul-Haq, better known as Majaz Lukhnavi. In their endeavour to revitalise the grandeur of rich Urdu language the Haryana Urdu Akademy

Mange Ram Gupta (centre) with Haryana Governor AR Kidwai; and (right) Sheba Liaquat Ali presides over a function in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph 

SAD ‘promoting’ encroachment
Mohali, March 2
It’s a case of double speak, even as municipal councillors backed by the SAD-BJP combine leaders have been demanding the removal of illegal roadside vendors and rehris here, an influential leader of the combine party has recommended the case of a man who wanted to open a fruit stall on the government land.

Tribune school teacher dead
Chandigarh, March 2
Neera Anand (54), a teacher with Tribune Model School, Sector 29-D, died here today after a brief illness. The funeral procession will start from the Mamta Enclave, Dhakoli (Zirakpur) at 11.30 am tomorrow for the Mani Majra cremation ground. The deceased is survived by a son. The schol will remain closed tomorrow.

EDUCATION

CBSE exams begin on anxious note
Students of 10+2 come out of a centre after the chemistry exam in Chandigarh on Monday.Chandigarh, March 2
CBSE exams for Classes XII and X began here today. The board chose to start Class XII exams with chemistry while Class X students appeared for introductory IT. Out of two lakh students who would appear for the board exams this year in entire northern region, around 20,000 students of Class X and XII appeared in 35 city centres today.

Students of 10+2 come out of a centre after the chemistry exam in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Board Exams
Students prone to anti-depressants 
Chandigarh, March 2
Longer study hours and sky-high goals seem to be taking a toll on the health of schoolgoing students. In a bid to enhance their performance in examinations, particularly the boards, which many consider as a watershed for their careers and lives, many resort to taking anti-depressants before and after an exam and then sleeping pills for a good night’s sleep.

Pay Scale
Teachers protest outside the examination branch of Panjab University in Chandigarh on Monday. Teachers to hold 72-hr bandh
Chandigarh, March 2
Punjab Federation of University and College Teachers Organisations (PFUCTO), has decided to hold a 72-hour education bandh in higher education institutions, as the Punjab government has failed to adopt MHRD notification on revised pay scales for teachers and other equivalent cadres.

Teachers protest outside the examination branch of Panjab University in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

PU security project fails to take off
Chandigarh, March 2
It seems that the Panjab University authorities only believes in framing the policies to control bad elements on the campus but often forgets to execute them. Around a year ago, the committee headed by the vice-chancellor had decided to introduce a new security plan on the campus but, it is yet to see the light of the day.

Tips for students
Chandigarh, March 2
The CBSE has an advice to all those appearing in the board examinations. Through its website under the heading smile through examinations, the board suggests students to keep the last moment stress and anxiety away.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Expired Medicines
Statements of villagers recorded
Kharar, March 2
The district health officer of Mohali, Dr SP Surila, conducted an inquiry into the episode of expired medicines being distributed to villagers at nearby Malakpur village yesterday.
Students come out of an examination centre after taking an exam in Ambala on Monday.
Students come out of an examination centre after taking an exam in Ambala on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Electricity Bill
Kalka MC gets Rs 25 lakh waiver
Kalka, March 2
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) has waived off the surcharge of Rs 25 lakh on streetlights of Municipal Committee, which was lying unpaid since the last couple of years. Due to non-payment of the surcharge, the residents of Kalka were deprived of the facility of streetlights for more than six months.

5 hurt as car overturns
Rajpura, March 2
Five residents of Delhi received minor injuries after the car they were travelling in overturned near the grain market here today.

‘Keep power boards as integrated companies’
Ropar, March 2
The All-India Power Engineers’ Federation (AIPEF) has demanded to keep the state electricity boards as vertically integrated companies, and to take only the trading part out its preview to meet legal requirements of the Electricity Act, 2003.

Bandh over govt apathy
Bassi Pathana, March 2
Residents of the town led by leaders of various social, religious, political and traders’ organisations observed a bandh against lack of development in the area here today. All shops, including sabzi mandi, remained closed as people gathered at the Dasehra ground to protest against government apathy.

Medical body slams ‘liberal’ excise policy
Patiala March 2
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) has got alarmed over the poor mental health of debt ridden farming community with increasing tendency of suicides, as a result of failed agriculture economy and ever increasing indulgence in intoxication due to liberal excise policy.

Audience all praise for ghazal singer
Patiala, March 2
It was a rich cultural feast for ghazal lovers at the ghazal night organised by the Patiala Kala Manch at the Mohan Gardens here yesterday. The audience felt cosy with angithis under a shamiana and was regaled by the renowned ghazal singer, Kimti Lal, who was belting out his best numbers.

3 booked for kidnapping minor girl
Rajpura, March 2
The police today booked three persons for allegedly taking away a minor girl with them from Baba Deep Singh colony.

Programme on global criminal law ends
Patiala, March 2
The three-day Training of Trainers (TOT) programme was concluded today which was organised at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, in collaboration with the ICC-India: The Indian Campaign on International Criminal Court.

COURTS

Press Reporting
Court in favour of laying parameters
Chandigarh, March 2
The Punjab and Haryana High Court believes parameters need to be laid down for court reporting.

Kansal
No regularisation before master plan, Punjab tells HC
Chandigarh, March 2
After the Punjab and Haryana High Court observed Chandigarh would survive only if surroundings areas were not converted into slums, the State of Punjab today said it would not regularise structures around Kansal till the finalisation of the master plan.

Criminal Conspiracy
Ex-PGI surgeon, chemist convicted
Chandigarh, March 2
After a trial that lasted six years, the CBI’s special court of Jagdeep Jain today convicted former head of PGI’s cardiovascular and thoracic surgery department Prof RS Dhaliwal of conspiring with private chemists in purchase of artificial heart valves and other accessories at higher rates and sharing the profit with suppliers.

Drug peddler gets five-year jail
Panchkula, March 2
Additional District and Sessions Judge-cum-Special Judge on NDPS cases Sanjeev Jindal awarded 5-year imprisonment to a drug peddler here today.

CRIME

2 youths held for duping jeweller
Panchkula, March 2
The Panchkula police claimed to have solved the case of duping of an Amritsar-based jeweller of gold worth Rs 32 lakh with the arrest of two youths here today. A local court has remanded the accused, Kabir and Jason Jackson, in their early 20s, in seven-day police custody.

Financier’s Case
Navy’s help sought
Panchkula, March 2
Authorities have sought the help of the Indian Navy to send in its divers to look for the bodies of Vinod Mittal, a local financier, and his son Yashan that were dumped in Bhakra canal by their killers.

Man booked for raping minor
Panchkula, March 2
The police has booked a resident of Bhainsa Tibba near Mansa Devi Housing Complex for raping a minor girl here today. The family of the girl in a complaint to the Superintendent of Police, Amitabh Dhillon, alleged that the accused identified as Chander Bhan (26) repeatedly raped the girl and warned her for not divulging it to parents threatening her of dire consequences.

Thieves decamp with cash, jewellery
Chandigarh, March 2
Ghan Shyam, a resident of Sector 44, filed a complaint with the police alleging that some unidentified person had stolen Rs 12,000 cash, ATM card, a gold earring and gold ear tops from his residence during February 26 and March 1.

Man held for intimidation
Chandigarh, March 2
A tenant in the Industrial Area filed a complaint to the police alleging that an unidentified person threatened him, here today.

Labourer hit by vehicle, dies
Chandigarh, March 2
Subodh, a 21-year-old labourer, succumbed to his injuries at the PGI, here yesterday. He was hit by an unidentified vehicle in Dhanas on Saturday night.

Body found in pond
Mohali, March 2
The body of a 45-year-old man, Shankar Singh, was found floating in a pond at Sohana here this morning. The victim had gone missing around 10 days ago.

SPORTS

A hockey match in progress in Chandigarh on Monday. CHA lads emerge winners
Chandigarh, March 2
Chandigarh Hockey Academy (CHA) got past Chandigarh Police (CP) 1-0 in a tough encounter on the opening day of the Chandigarh State Hockey Championship at the  Sector 18 Hockey Stadium here today. In this match, both teams vied hard for a goal in the first half, however, remained goal-less.

A hockey match in progress in Chandigarh on Monday.  Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Soccer
City girl eyes a shot at captaincy
Chandigarh, March 2
Tanvi Bhargava, after leading the under-13 national football team, is eyeing at the captaincy for the under-14 Indian squad as she has been invited for the preparation of the national camp for the Asian Football Confederation’s under-14 football festival to be held in Korea.

Manav Das 3rd in PGTI ranking
Chandigarh, March 2
Manav Das of Ambala climbed up the PGTI’s Order of Merit list to be ranked third after Abhishek Jha and Gagan Verma after the LG All-India Amateur Championship in Kolkata.

Football Meet
AG Punjab, Haryana enter semis
Chandigarh, March 2
Hosts AG Haryana and AG Punjab registered easy victories in pool B matches on the opening day of the North Zone Football Tournament being organised by the Accountant General (Audit) Haryana at the Sector 17 Football Stadium here today.

Cricket players selected
Mohali, March 2
The probables for the North Zone under-16 and under-19 age groups for Zonal Cricket Academy (ZCA) camps were selected during a meeting at the PCA Stadium here yesterday.

Yogiraj Swami Lalji Maharaj ‘I-Yoga’ camp from March 6
Chandigarh, March 2
Chandigarh Yog Sabha today announced that Yog Divya Mandir, Sector 30, would host city’s first free ‘Specialty I-Yoga’ camp to be conducted under the guidance of Yogiraj Swami Lalji Maharaj from March 6 to 9.
Yogiraj Swami Lalji Maharaj


Bodybuilders during the District Bodybuilding Competition in Ambala on Monday.
Bodybuilders during the District Bodybuilding Competition in Ambala on Monday. A Tribune photograph


 



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