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MC sloppy in cleaning water tanks
Chandigarh, March 9
Tons of silt being removed from the water reservoir at sub-division No. 12, Kajheri, in Chandigarh, during a mechanical cleaning drive conductedChandigarh, the city beautiful, which boasts of providing the state-of-the-art living conditions, is apparently incapable of providing safe drinking water to its residents. Courtesy: the slipshod attitude of the officials concerned to get the water reservoirs cleaned.

Tons of silt being removed from the water reservoir at sub-division No. 12, Kajheri, in Chandigarh, during a mechanical cleaning drive conducted on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tiwari

Chand-Fiza case closed
Mohali, March 9
Ending days of uncertainty in the Chand-Fiza episode, the Mohali police said today that it had not found any merit in the criminal complaint filed by Anuradha Bali (now Fiza) against her husband Chander Mohan aka Chand Mohammed. —
Tribune photo: Kamal Kishore

Baba helped Sonu get passport: Police
Chandigarh, March 9
Within hours of being brought to the city, the alleged terrorist, Gurbhej Singh Sonu, told the Chandigarh Police that baba Sarup Singh of Gurdwara Santsar Sahib, Sector 38-West, helped him in getting a passport issued on fake documents on which he went to many countries. 

Gurbhej Singh Sonu
Gurbhej Singh Sonu


2 weightlifters fail dope test
Patiala, March 9
The names of two weightlifters have been withdrawn from the national camp for Commonwealth Games after failing a dope test.

Air Force sergeant ends life
Chandigarh, March 9
Inderjit Singh, a sergeant in the 12 Wing of the Indian Air Force, committed suicide by hanging himself in a room at the Air Force playing ground here this morning.

OPDs closed tomorrow
Chandigarh, March 9
All OPDs of Postgraduate Institute for Mediacal and Research (PGI) will remain closed on March 11 on account of Holi. The emergency services will function as usual. — TNS


Labourers pull down the illegal structure at Gurdwara Santsar Sahib, Sector 38-West, in Chandigarh Demolition on at Sec 38 gurdwara
Chandigarh, March 9
It is learnt that a delegation of the gurdwara representatives on Monday met senior police officials apprising them about the demolition of the illegal structure in the gurdwara, which become the root cause of the entire episode.

Labourers pull down the illegal structure at Gurdwara Santsar Sahib, Sector 38-West, in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan 

Move to hike land rates
Societies turn heat on GMADA

Mohali, March 9
By proposing the land allotment rates at the prevailing prices of residential plots in Mohali, GMADA has come under sharp criticism from the joint action committee of all cooperative house building societies for ignoring the basic principle of cooperative movement.

Haryana Police left red-faced
Panchkula, March 9
Top Haryana cops, who have drawn flak in the recent past for their “shoddy” investigations in cases of rapes and molestations by the men in uniform, were left embarrassed today when a Haryana Police Academy (HPA) trainee raised questions on the safety of women in the force.

Illegal guesthouses mushrooming
20 in single lane at Burail village
Chandigarh, March 9
Even as the Municipal Corporation (MC) claims that there are 40 guesthouses in the municipal limits, number of “unauthorised” guesthouses are mushrooming right under the nose of the authorities. A random survey of only three villages, Burail, Kajheri and Attawa, is enough to belie the claims of the MC.
During a visit to Burail village, it was found that most of the guesthouses were running illegally at the residential areas. Even the owners have not put signboards of the guesthouses. In single lane, as many as 20 guesthouses were located in village.

Built-up booths for Kashmiri migrants soon
Chandigarh, March 9
In four months, Kashmiri migrants settled in the city will earn their livelihood from “built-up booths” in the city markets.

Bansal for slum-free city
Chandigarh, March 9
Pawan Kumar Bansal, union minister of state for finance and parliamentary affairs, held a series of meetings in the city.

Ring Road-II construction plan hits roadblock
Chandigarh, March 9
The ambitious plan of laying Ring Road-II through Bathinda district has hit a road block.

Bal Bhavan guard rewarded
Chandigarh, March 9
UT SSP SS Srivastva gave a cash reward of Rs 5,000 and a first-class commendation certificate to Hari Singh, a security guard at Bal Bhavan, who provided vital information leading to the arrest of two robbers in January this year.

Sikkim Guv calls for tough Army tactics against terror
Chandigarh, March 9
Governor of Sikkim Balmiki Prashad Singh today stressed upon the need for a strong military capability to combat terrorism. “Use of military power becomes imperative because you cannot deal with terrorists bent upon creating havoc with dialogue alone,” he said.

Drive against wrong parking
Chandigarh, March 9
The city traffic police will launch a drive to book the motorists who park their vehicles on the road near the multiplexes.

400 examined at camp
Chandigarh, March 9
The Kusum Arora Memorial Trust organised a free medical check up camp for women and children in Behlana village on March 7.

Book Mika for remarks, demand students
Chandigarh, March 9
The Students’ Organisation of India (SOI) and the Indian National Students’ Organisation (INSO) submitted their memorandum to the university authorities to register a criminal case against pop singer Mika, who reportedly used abusive language during his performance in Jhankar, a cultural event of Panjab University, on the night of March 7.

The bus which hit four vehicles at Chawla Chowk in Phase 7, MohaliSeven injured in accident
Mohali, March 9
Choas prevailed at Chawla Chowk in Phase 7 here this morning when a private bus rammed into two cars, an auto rickshaw and a motor cycle.

The bus which hit four vehicles at Chawla Chowk in Phase 7, Mohali, on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Cultural event in memory of Punjabi poet
Mohali, March 9
The Punjab Lok Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, organised a cultural event “Mubarakan 2009” at Phase 8 here last night.

Play leaves audience in splits 
Panchkula, March 9
On the eve of International Women’s Day, the Haryana Police Academy, Madhuban, staged a hilarious satirical comedy play “Ek Tha Gadha: Alladad Khan” for delegates attending the Third National Conference for Women in Police at the Indradhanush auditorium here yesterday.

Hookah bar: Cops to face action
Mohali, March 9
To check the complaints of hookah bar being run in city restaurants, the SP, City, SS Gill, on Monday made the SHO and PCR cops accountable for any such complaint. The SP said any such complaint would be dealt with seriously and action would be taken against the cops, who failed to redress such complaints.

Speaking Out
Jago Re campaign a big hit

Chandigarh, March 9
The Jago Re campaign exhorting youngsters to vote Natasha/Nitish seems to have hit the nail as the city youth brigade is waking up to their right to vote. Not only they seem to have realised the importance of exercising their franchise, they are spreading awareness about the “Non-vote” provision, which allows the voter to record his decision of “Not to vote” for any of the candidates at the polling stations. —

Tribune staff donate blood
Chandigarh, March 9
Employees donate blood at a camp organised in The Tribune office, Chandigarh, More than 100 employees of The Tribune group of publications donated blood on the occasion International Women’s Day organised by The Tribune Employees Union here today. Former Mayor of Chandigarh Lalita Joshi inaugurated the camp held at the union office.

Employees donate blood at a camp organised in The Tribune office, Chandigarh, on Monday. A Tribune photograph


CBSE Class X Exams
Sanskrit paper shocks students

Chandigarh, March 9
The students appearing for the Class X board exams claimed that the Sanskrit question paper had many lapses.

Degrees conferred on 345 students
Students in a jubilant mood after receiving degrees during the convocation of Government College, Sector 1, PanchkulaPanchkula, March 9
A total of 345 students from various streams received degrees at the convocation held at Government College, Sector 1, here today.

Students in a jubilant mood after receiving degrees during the convocation of Government College, Sector 1, Panchkula, on Monday. A Tribune photograph


Ryan school awards students
Patiala, March 9
Ryan International School celebrated its Montessori graduation ceremony. The guests of honour were Gurdip Singh, SP, Patiala, Prof Subhash Kaushal, Government Medical College, Surinder Kaur Verma, DEO, Patiala, and Dr BS Sandhu, professor at Punjabi University, Patiala.

Workshop on thalasseamia held
Patiala, March 9
In an attempt to highlight the issues related to thalasseamia, a genetic disease which is spreading day by day mainly due to the lack of awareness, a thalasseamia workshop was held in order to create awareness among masses at a local medical college here today.

580 examined at eye camp 
Patiala, March 9
The Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre celebrated Women’s Day by organising a free eye check-up camp at Malko Majra, near here, where over 580 patients were examined.

SBoP ties up with Tata Motors
Patiala, March 9
In order to provide an added facility of car finance to its customers, Tata Motors has entered into an understanding with the State Bank of Patiala for financing cars.

Six SASA students invited to Finland under UNEP
Ropar, March 9
Six students of the Sahibzada Ajit Singh Academy (SASA), Ropar, have been invited by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to Finland.

Committees to check poll code violations
Ropar, March 9
Committees were formed to check violations of election code of conduct in for the Lok Sabha polls. SDM Ropar Basant Garg constituted two standing committees for the purpose.

Missing teacher, students return home
Banur, March 9
A teacher, a female student and two male students of a private school have gone missing five days ago. The Banur police brought all four missing people back from Pune, where they have been putting up.

455 examined at medical camp
Bassi Pathana, March 9
The local unit of Bharat Vikas Parishad yesterday organised the 16th free eye check up-cum-operation camp here. Capt. Kanwaljit Singh, minister for co-operation inaugurated the camp, while Charanjit Singh Atwal, deputy speaker-cum-SAD (B) candidate for Fatehgarh Sahib Parliament constituency presided over.

400 examined at camp
Bassi Pathana, March 9
The local Mehar Baba Charitable Trust organised a free multi-specialty medical check up camp at Mata Harnam Kaur Community Development Centre here yesterday.

House tax notices irk residents
Bassi Pathana, March 9
Resentment prevails among residents of the town against the local Municipal Council authorities for serving them notices imposing a heavy amount of house tax on their properties as per the new rules of the government.


Pakistani spy Abid Mehmood steps out of the district courts in Sector 17 Pak spies convicted
Chandigarh, March 9
Pakistani spies Abid Mehmood and Abdul Wahid were today convicted by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Kanchan Mahi after a trial of six years.

Pakistani spy Abid Mehmood steps out of the district courts in Sector 17 on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Man gets 7 years for rape
Chandigarh, March 9
Additional district and sessions judge SK Aggarwal today sentenced Ramesh Kumar to rigorous imprisonment of seven years for raping a minor girl in 2007. Ramesh, a resident of Colony No. 4, was convicted under Sections 363, 366, 376, 120-B of  the IPC.


27 held for group clash
Dera Bassi, March 9
The local police on Saturday booked around 27 persons in a clash between two groups on the complaint of Ram Kumar, a resident of Kheri Gujra village.

Rs 75,000 stolen from two cars
Panchkula, March 9
Thieves allegedly decamped with more than Rs 75,000 by breaking the windowpanes of two cars parked in the market of Sector 20, here today.

Minor boy goes missing from Baltana
Zirakpur, March 9
A 12-year-old boy has reportedly gone missing from Baltana since March 2.

3 held for molestation
Chandigarh, March 9
Three men allegedly outraged the modesty of a woman after beating her at Mani Majra yesterday.


A cricket match in progress at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula. Panchkula advocates defeat Moga lawyers
Chandigarh, March 9
Bar Association, Panchkula, edged past Bar Association, Moga, by one wicket on the second day of the cricket tournament being organised by the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh, at DAV College, Sector 10, here today.

A cricket match in progress at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium, Sector 3, Panchkula. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Kazakhstan pugilists reach city
Kazakhstan players at a practice session in Sector 42, ChandigarhChandigarh, March 9
A nine-member Kazakhstan boxing squad reached the city today afternoon to partake in the forthcoming 1st International and 16th AK Misra Boxing Championships to be held in the city from March 11 to 15.

Kazakhstan players at a practice session in Sector 42, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

North zone finish second
Chandigarh, March 9
The North zone team comprising golfers from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan finished runners-up in the fourth All-India Civil Services Golf Tournament that concluded on the Qutab Golf Course greens in Delhi yesterday.

Junior golf camp at Panchkula
Chandigarh, March 9
The Panchkula Golf Club will once again open its greens for a free one-month coaching camp for juniors in the age group of 6-17 years under the aegis of the Haryana Golf Association.

Capt Ghuman lifts defence golf cup
Chandigarh, March 9
With a score of 40 points, Capt GS Ghuman lifted the Defence Golf Cup-2009 organised by the Defence Services Golf Brotherhood at the Chandigarh  Golf Club here.

Cricket meet from March 25
Chandigarh, March 9
The Inter-Academy u-16 Cricket Tournament will be organised by the Chandigarh Cricket Association, which is affiliated to the Punjab Cricket Association, Mohali, from March 25.

Capt Sushil manager of North Zone team
Chandigarh, March 9
Capt Sushil Kapoor of PCA has been appointed as manager for the North Zone Team for Prof DB Deodhar Trophy tournament to be played at Cuttack from March 13.

Gold Cup Cricket tourney from March 25
Chandigarh, March 9
Eight teams will be participating in under-13 Saupin’s Gold Cup Cricket Tournament, to be organised by Saupin’s Cricket Academy from March 25.

Gurmeet fashions win for PUTA XI
Chandigarh, March 9
An all-round performance by Dr Gurmeet Singh (25 runs and two wickets) and a fine batting performance by Vishal Sharma (29 not run) sailed PUTA XI to an easy win over PUSC by five wickets during a fun and frolic field cricket match here today on PUgrounds.



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