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Hooligans have a field day
Brandishing swords, youths clash at Sec 15 on holi; police denies such incident

Chandigarh, March 12
Hooliganism marred Holi celebrations in the city as rowdy elements, carrying sharp-edged weapons, moved freely on the city roads with the police virtually turning a blind eye to the lawlessness.

Youths carry swords
Youths carry swords

Policemen reach the Sector 15 market on Holi.
Policemen reach the Sector 15 market on Holi.Tribune photos: Vinay Malik



EARLIER STORIES

Ragging
City bats for zero tolerance
Chandigarh, March 12
The recent death Aman Satya Kachroo, the first-year student of Tanda Medical College, following ragging by his seniors has made the city academicians and students calling for zero tolerance to ragging.

Mehra's ACR-writing powers not restored
Chandigarh, March 12
Though Chandigarh is directly governed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), its writ does not seem to run in the union territory. A case in point is the alleged violation of MHA's directive to UT Administrator SF Rodrigues to restore UT Adviser Pradip Mehra's powers to write annual confidential reports (ACRs) of his subordinate officers.

Bansal in triangular fight again
Pawan BansalChandigarh, March 12
Battlelines have been drawn for the Chandigarh Parliamentary constituency with the AICC's Central Election Committee today clearing the name of the sitting MP and Minister of State for Finance Pawan Bansal making the contest triangular yet again. The trio, Bansal (Congress), Satya Pal Jain (BJP) and Harmohan Dhawan (BSP), who have been locking the horns for over decades now, will again battle it out in the May 13 elections to the local seat. 

Youth shot at in Mohali
The police exmine the car in which a youth was shot at in Mohali late on Thursday night. Mohali, March 12
A 34-year-old youth was shot at from a close range by unidentified persons near Cosmo Hospital in Phase VIII here late this night. The victim, Sameer Watts, who was seated on the driver’s seat in a Santro car (HR-03-H-5571), was caught unawares, when the assailants, who had come in a white Maruti Zen, suddenly shot at him.

The police exmine the car in which a youth was shot at in Mohali late on Thursday night. Photo: Vicky Gharu

Depressed, GCG-11 student ends life
Chandigarh, March 12
Jyoti Thakur, a BA-II student of Government College for Girls, Sector 11 (GCG-11), reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her Sector 19 residence today morning.



COMMUNITY

Ragging
Not only confined to colleges

Panjab University students hold a peace march condemning the death of Aman Kachroo, Tanda student, at the university on Thursday. Chandigarh, March 12
Ragging no longer remains a college affair only. Many students while speaking to TNS revealed that they already had a taste of it in their school hostels or classrooms.



Panjab University students hold a peace march condemning the death of Aman Kachroo, Tanda student, at the university on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Sentence to be announced today
She wants life term for rapist father
Chandigarh, March 12
What would you expect a 15-year-old girl and mother of five-month-old child to say on the impending sentence of her rapist stepfather, who had sexually exploited her for four long years?

69 jhuggis gutted
A homeless jhuggi dweller feeds her child in Colony No. 5, Chandigarh, on Thursday Chandigarh, March 12
A major fire broke out in Colony No. 5 late last night leaving around 250 people homeless. More than 69 hutments, including the household objects were destroyed in the incident. However, the reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained.



A homeless jhuggi dweller feeds her child in Colony No. 5, Chandigarh, on Thursday Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Selection of PEC registrar withheld
Chandigarh, March 12
The selection of registrar of PEC SK Suman has run into troubled waters with Ram Niwas, Home Secretary, UT, withholding his appointment orders taking the cognizance of a two-decade old unfair means case against him.

Suvidha camp on despite poll code
Ration card seekers queue up at the office of the NAC, NayagoanMohali, March 12
In an obvious bid to appease the voters in the run-up to Lok Sabha polls, a mini suvidha camp to accept application forms for ration cards is being held at the office of the Notified Area Committee (NAC), Nayagoan. Violating the provisions of the model code of conduct, the elected representatives of the NAC, led by its president H.S. Bajwa, said to be a supporter of the ruling party, are accepting the application forms.

Ration card seekers queue up at the office of the NAC, Nayagoan. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Holi celebrations leave 100 injured
Panchkula, March 12
More than 100 cases of injuries and skin allergies on the occasion of Holi were reported at city hospitals.

Holi with ash and bones
Mohali police plays spoilsport
Mohali, March 12
The Mohali police acted as a spoilsport for the Holi revellers, especially for residents of Sohana village who are known to play the festival of colours with ash and animal bones.

1,000 phones go dead in Mohali
Mohali, March 12
Around 1,000 telephones of Phase 8, here, went dead after thieves stole cable from an underground chamber opposite the Amb Sahib Gurdwara last Monday. The cable was stolen from ducts owned by the BSNL.

1 killed, 3 hurt in mishap
Chandigarh, March 12
Om Prakash (45) man was killed and his relatives, including a minor child, suffered minor injuries when the auto-rickshaw they were traveling in overturned on the road dividing Sectors 20 and 30 on Wednesday evening.

Holi: 15 complain of vomiting
Chandigarh, March 12
At least 15 children from various parts of the city with complaints of vomiting and nausea reported at the emergency services of the PGI yesterday. Their parents told doctors that the children had swallowed the colours when their fellow revelers applied these on their face.

Relief for kids with heart diseases
Chandigarh March 12
In order to facilitate treatment of children suffering from congenital heart diseases, the Chandigarh administration has permitted all such children to be operated upon from any hospital, including the PGI and private hospitals, which are technically well equipped to cater to the needs of such patients.

Man falls from stairs, dies
Chandigarh, March 12
A 40-year-old resident of Bapu Dham Colony lost his life after slipping from the stairs of his house yesterday. The deceased was identified as Garibdass. The police said he was dancing while celebrating Holi with his family when he slipped from the first floor of his house.

Mystery shrouds death of taxi driver
Chandigarh, March 12
Mystery shrouds the death of 37-year-old Tarun Sharma, who was allegedly thrashed by his wife and in-laws after being caught with a woman at his residence during the wee hours on Wednesday, with his brother alleging that he was poisoned to death.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Dharna against IG for sexual harassment
Ambala, March 12
Resident of Yamunanagar Arvinder Kaur sat on a dharna in front of the office of the IG, Vigilance Bureau, Ambala City, today. She alleged that an IPS officer, M S Ahlawat had sexually harassed her when he had been SP, Yamunanagar, in 2001. Ahlawat at present is posted as IG (operation) at Punchkula.

Tips on teaching maths
Ambala, March 12
Sohan Lal DAV College of Education, Ambala, organised a two-day UGC sponsored workshop on development of competencies in teaching and learning maths. R.N. Mittal, vice-president of the college managing committee, New Delhi, was the chief guest.

Goods gutted in shoe factory
Ambala, March 12
Goods worth lakhs of rupees were gutted in a fire at a shoe factory-cum-godown on the Ambala-Naraingarh road late yesterday night. The fire was detected by a shopkeeper near shoe factory Naresh Footwear.

Unidentified body found
Ambala, March 12
The police has found an unidentified male body near Seva Samiti School in Ambala Cant. The body was found in a nullah adjoining the school this morning.

Man duping ATM users arrested
Had been posing as bank employee
The man, who had been duping people at various ATMs in Rajpura,  in police custody on Thursday. Rajpura, March 12
The police today arrested the man who had been duping people at various ATMs of Rajpura, Panchkula, Dera Bassi and Ambala areas for the past two years by posing as a bank employee. The accused, identified as Rajinder Kumar (35), had been “helping” elderly and inexperienced ATM users by swapping their ATM cards after getting their passwords.

The man, who had been duping people at various ATMs in Rajpura,  in police custody on Thursday. A Tribune photograph


COURTS

Moti Ram School fined
Chandigarh, March 12
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Moti Ram School in Sector 27 to pay a compensation of Rs 15,000 to complainant for delaying the issuance of the school leaving certificate.


SPORTS

Olympian Jitender punched out
Jitender Kumar gets a blow from Meghalya’s Torak Kharpran during his 54kg category match in Chandigarh on Thursday. Chandigarh, March 12
Beijing Olympic quarterfinalist, Jitender Kumar, who participated in the 54kg category for the first time had to face a defeat from Meghalya’s Torak Kharpran 9-11on the second day of the 1st International and 16th National AK Mishra Boxing Championship at the Sector 10 Skating Ring Hall today.

Jitender Kumar gets a blow from Meghalya’s Torak Kharpran during his 54kg category match in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Bhullar sets Panchkula greens on fire
Equals course record in Rs 30 lakh PGTI event
Panchkula, March 12
Gaganjeet Bhullar, fresh from his top 10 finish in the Singha Thailand Open, set the Panchkula Golf Club greens on fire as he sizzled to a seven under par 65 to top the leaderboard on the opening day of the Rs 30 lakh PGTI Players' Championship here today.

Hockey Meet
M’rashtra script successive win
Railway Protection Force’s goalkeeper saves during a hockey match against the Central Reserve Police Force at the Sector 18 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Thursday. Chandigarh, March 12
Maharashtra registered their second successive win over Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) by 5-2 in a group E match of the 57th All-India Police Hockey Championship at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here today.

Railway Protection Force’s goalkeeper saves during a hockey match against the Central Reserve Police Force at the Sector 18 Hockey Stadium in Chandigarh on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Dalbir, Hema win in ladies' medal round
Chandigarh, March 12
Dalbir Sahi and Hema Bedi clinched the titles in the March Medal Round of the Chandigarh Golf Club Ladies Golf Championship in the Gold and Silver and Bronze Divisons, respectively.

Bodybuilder in city
Chandigarh, March 12
Six-time Mr Olympia Doriyan Yates and India’s bodybuilding promoter Amit Swami will be visiting the city tomorrow in a connection with the forthcoming North India Sheru Classic Bodybuilding Championship 2009.


 



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