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Mohali Firing
Fortis ex-staffer’s role suspected
Victim slips into coma
Mohali, March 13
Even 24 hours after 34-year-old youth Sameer Watts was shot at from a close range near Cosmo Hospital, Phase 8, here, the motive behind the attack is yet not clear to the police as the needle of suspicion is pointing towards a family dispute.


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Sameer Watts
Sameer Watts

‘Cash-rich’ MC runs out of ideas
Fails to utilise Rs 500 cr for infrastructure development
Chandigarh, March 13
At a time when the world is crying hoarse over the present glum situation of the global economy, there is one organisation that remains untouched by the meltdown. It’s the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation which is brimming with surplus cash reserve with a whopping around Rs 500 crore fixed deposits.

An electric pole without a junction box and open wires in Sector 50. An electric pole without a junction box and open wires in Sector 50. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan



EARLIER STORIES

Traffic jam at Tribune Chowk due to road recarpeting in Chandigarh on Friday.
Traffic jam at Tribune Chowk due to road recarpeting in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

PEC defies admn orders
‘Appoints tainted’ official as registrar
Chandigarh, March 13
The controversy surrounding the selection of “new” registrar of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) S.K. Suman refuses to die down. While the DC has served a notice on the college for appointing him after imposition of the model code of conduct, sources revealed that Suman joined his office today, defying the administration’s orders of withholding his appointment till further notice.

Hoax bomb caller arrested
Chandigarh, March 13
A resident of Mohali who had allegedly made a hoax bomb call to fire brigade informing it that he had planted a bomb at Sector 17 ISBT, on Thursday, has been arrested. The police had launched a search operation, which lasted a couple of hours but turned out to be a futile exercise.

Status of forests in developing nations
‘No proper survey affecting policies’
Chandigarh, March 13
No authentic survey is available about the status of the covered forest area in the developing countries, which is hampering the requirement of framing forest policies in these countries. This was stated by Dr S Appanah, National Forest Programme Adviser, Asia Pacific of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, here today.
Experts address mediapersons at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari. 
Experts address mediapersons at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Friday.



COMMUNITY

Bansal, Jain woo Aggarwals
Dhawan promises moon to farmers
Chandigarh, March 13
Pawan Bansal and Satya Pal Jain, Congress and BJP candidates, respectively, from the Chandigarh parliamentary elections, wooed members of the influential business class, Aggarwal community, on Holi yesterday.

EC takes serious note of dummy candidates
Chandigarh, March 13 In a series of new initiatives by the Election Commission (EC) to curb electoral malpractices and to provide a level playing field to all contesting candidates, a serious note has been taken of the practice of setting up dummy candidates to abuse the legal provision of the electoral law.

A student of Architecture College, Sector 12, Chandigarh, takes part in a face-painting competition organised at the college on Saturday.
A student of Architecture College, Sector 12, Chandigarh, takes part in a face-painting competition organised at the college on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

BJP for fresh door-to-door survey of voters
Chandigarh, March 13
The BJP candidate from the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency Satya Pal Jain today again urged the Election Commission of India to order a fresh door-to-door survey of voters.

Many Armymen may not be able to vote
Chandigarh, March 13
While there has been a marginal increase in the number of service voters in Chandigarh, a large number of armed forces personnel and their family members could still be left out of the electoral process.

Third Front a remote possibility in city
Chandigarh, March 13
Even as the Left parties and certain regional parties cobbled together the Third Front at Tumkur in Karnataka yesterday to provide a non-BJP and non-Congress alternative at the Centre, such alliance seems to be a remote possibility in Chandigarh.

Mayor-Commissioner tiff intensifies
Sankaria shoots off letter to Mayor questioning her authority over MC officials
Chandigarh, March 13
A letter war has started between the Mayor and the MC Commissioner to establish their supremacy over the state of affairs in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.

Hooliganism on Holi
Hunt on to nab accused
Chandigarh, March 13
The Chandigarh Police today launched a hunt to nab the youths who created ruckus by brandishing swords in Sector 15 on Wednesday.

Accused of usurping property
Guardian refuses to hand over belongings
Panchkula, March 13
A high drama prevailed at the house of Babban Zaidi, the accused of cheating his two nieces under his guardianship, when officials from the social welfare department, who reached to take the belongings of the two girls, had to face opposition from the family here today.

‘Rape’ by cinema owner
Maid faces action for misleading cops
Panchkula, March 13
The woman, who accused the owner of KC cinema hall of rape, is going to face police action for misleading the police by lodging false complaint.

‘Withholding’ of demarcation report
HUDA officials in dock
Panchkula, March 13
Haryana Urban Development Authority functionaries are in the dock for allegedly withholding the demarcation report of District Revenue Officer-cum-Land Acquisition Collector from court, which reportedly resulted in the loss of land worth crores of rupees to the government.

BSNL phones out of order in Kansal
Chandigarh, March 13
A large number of BSNL landline phones in Kansal village have been lying out of order for past seven days snapping their link with the outside world.

Chaurasia casts divine spell
Chandigarh, March 13
Delectable strains of music melodies wafted across the otherwise panoramic ambience of Kalagram as the legendary flautist, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, cast a divine spell in the Idea-Jalsa concert here today.


Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia performs at Kala Gram on Friday night. Tribune photo: Kamal Kishore
Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia performs at Kala Gram on Friday night.

Rare paintings on display at art gallery
Chandigarh, March 13
To celebrate the advent of spring, Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, has put up a display of some of the rare paintings on the theme “The spring festival- Holi” from its collection of miniature paintings and contemporary paintings.

Don’t use eye drops without doc’s advice
Chandigarh, March 13
People using the eye drops without supervision of an ophthalmologist tend to lose their eyesight as the frequent use of steroids can lead to glaucoma (kala motia) resulting in permanent blindness.

New licensees get tips on road safety
Chandigarh, March 13
The Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) has added a new chapter to road safety initiatives by adding the road safety educational material to new licence and registration application forms.

‘Molested’ victim tries to meet DGP
Panchkula, March 13
Running from pillar to post to bring an IPS officer to justice allegedly for her sexual harassment, a Yamunanagar woman once again reached the police headquarters here. The woman sat on dharna yesterday also demanding action against the police officer.

MC to pay Rs 15,000 for deficiency in service
Chandigarh, March 13
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Public Health Division, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, to pay compensation of Rs 15,000 to a resident of Sector 21 for deficiency in services. The forum has also directed it to refund Rs 5,000 charged in excess beyond the actual consumption along with Rs 5000 as costs of litigation in addition to the compensation amount.

Seminar on foeticide
Chandigarh, March 13
A content developers’ workshop was organised at GCG-11 today as part of the UT Administration’s ongoing campaign against female foeticide. The workshop was inaugurated by Raji P Shrivastava, director, the higher education, the Chandigarh Administration.



EDUCATION

Ragging: PU decides to act tough
Wardens, heads get power to suspend students
Chandigarh, March 13
After reports of suicide committed by a 20-year-old girl in Andhra Pradesh College and death of Aman Kachroo, a medical student, who lost his life after being ragged by his seniors in Himachal Pradesh, Panjab University has directed all chairpersons and wardens to keep a check on such incidents on the campus.

No roll numbers for fee defaulters
Chandigarh, March 13
For the compartment and annual examinations of March and April 2009, Panjab University has decided not to issue roll numbers to the defaulter students in respect of examination fees.



 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Priest’s belongings thrown out of place of worship
Rajpura, March 13
Tension gripped Saidkheri village, around five kms from Rajpura, this evening when a large number of villagers thronged a place of worship and threw out belongings of priest and also damaged the property.
The villagers, allegedly led by some committee members of the religious place and village sarpanch, also broke walls of the room in which the priest was residing in.




A clash between two groups at a gurudwara in Sidkheri village (Rajpura), wherein, villagers threw out the belonging of the prisest and broke his room. A Tribune photograph
A clash between two groups at a gurudwara in Sidkheri village (Rajpura), wherein, villagers threw out the belonging of the prisest and broke his room.

Man held for friends’ murder
Ropar, March 13
A man was held today for murdering his colleague and then hiding his body in a tool box of oil tanker. On March 1, the police found an oil tanker parked outside local Sainik Rest House.

MC Meeting
Debate on no-trust move on March 31
Ambala, March 13
A special meeting of the Ambala Cantonment Muncipal Corporation has been convened to discuss the issue of no confidence motion against president Neelam Sharma on March 31.

Delay In Salary
MDSD College staff threaten stir
Ambala, March 13
The teaching and non-teaching staff of MDSD Girls College, Ambala, has not received their salary since January. The lecturers and the clerical staff of the college at a meeting here today expressed great concern over the issue.

Man booked for firing on cops
Kharar, March 13
A man was booked for firing on cops and trying to endanger their lives.
On Thursday evening, at 8 pm, the Majat police post munshi informed constable Kulwinder Singh that an accident had taken place on the Jhanjheri bridge.

50 take online test
Banur, March 13
An online test was conducted by IndiaMART.com, at Aryans Business School, for the placements of MBA students.

3 held with illicit liquor
Rajpura, March 13
The Rajpura police today arrested three people with illicit liquor. The accused have been identified as Parkash Chand, Joginder Singh Toni, both residents of Machhli village, and Dinesh Kumar, a resident of Gajju Khera village.

Cyclist killed in accident
Dera Bassi, March 13
A 26-year-old cyclist died in a road accident that took place on the Dera Bassi-Zirakpur road near Bhankarpur village today morning. Gurjit Singh, a resident of Paheri Gate mohalla, who works in MES, Chandigarh, was on his way to Chandigarh on a bicycle when a speeding truck hit him from the rear.

Man dies after falling from moving train
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 13
The body of an unidentified man was found near the Sirhind railway station late last night. He was suspected to have fallen from some moving train.



COURTS

Eunuchs acquitted in rape case
Chandigarh, March 13
Additional District and Sessions Judge S.K. Aggarwal today acquitted three eunuchs and a lady Aisha Bano in an attempted rape case as the prosecution was not able to establish the case.

Family acquitted of rape charge
Chandigarh, March 13
After the trial of one-and-a-half years of booking the whole family, including parents and two sons, for raping a 19-year-old girl, the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge S.K. Aggarwal yesterday acquitted them of the charges as the prosecution was not able to establish the case.

2 waylaid, robbed
Mohali, March 13
Three persons have been arrested in connection with a robbery that took place in Nayagoan on the intervening night of March 4 and March 5. The accused, Baljit Singh, alias Laddi, Ravi, alias Jadu, and Mohan Singh, alias Monu, who were remanded in one-day police custody today, had waylaid Manoj Kumar and Shiv Kumar and robbed them of Rs 5, 500 in cash and mobile phones.

Orders upheld
Chandigarh, March 13
Additional District and Sessions Judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi upheld the orders of arbitrator, who had granted seven-month time to contractor of the toll plaza. The toll plaza was to be closed as the contract was finishing.



CRIME

Migrant labourer attacked, dies
Chandigarh, March 13
An altercation over a trivial issue turned violent when a group of youngsters attacked a migrant labourer, Shanker, who died after falling from a rooftop at Raipur Kalan village.

3 held under Arms Act
Chandigarh, March 13
The police has arrested three persons under the Arms Act for pointing a revolver to a city-based jeweller following professional enmity.

6-yr-old hurt in hit-and-run case
Chandigarh, March 13
A six-year-old child was injured after being hit by a motorcycle (CH-03-S-2247) near his house on Wednesday.

One held with ganja
Chandigarh, March 13
The police arrested Ashwani Kumar Mishra of Bihar and seized four-kg ganja from him at the Sector-17, Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) here today. A case under the Narcotics Act has been registered against him.



SPORTS


Manoj, Diwakar enter semis
Chandigarh, March 13
The third day of the 1st AK Mishra International Boxing Championship underway at Sector 10 Skating Rink saw the quarterfinals under different weight categories where players winning their respective matches registered their berth for semifinals to be played here tomorrow.



Asian bronze medallist Manoj punches Richarno Colin of Mauritius during their quarterfinal encounter at the Sector 10 Skating Ring Hall on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari
Asian bronze medallist Manoj punches Richarno Colin of Mauritius during their quarterfinal encounter at the Sector 10 Skating Ring Hall on Friday.

Punjab Police, BSF enter quarterfinals
Chandigarh, March 13
Defending champions Punjab Police (Pool A), Border Security Force (BSF) (Pool H), Central Industrial Security Force (Pool B) and Central Reserve Police Force (Pool F) joined Maharashtra (Pool E) in the quarterfinals of the 57th All-India Police Hockey Championship being conducted by the Chandigarh Police at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium here today.
A BSF player advances with the ball towards Assam goal during a hockey match at Sector 18 in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: 
Manoj Mahajan
A BSF player advances with the ball towards Assam goal during a hockey match at Sector 18 in Chandigarh on Friday.

PGTI Players Championship
Vinod overtakes Bhullar at midway stage
Panchkula, March 13
After cardinge a blistering 65 on the opening day, Gaganjeet Bhullar could barely muster a one over par 73 today to concede the lead to Delhi's Vinod Kumar, who fired a three under 69 to take a two-stroke lead at the midway stage of the PGTI Players Championship on the par-72 greens of the Panchkula Golf Club here today.

Oz ace in city to brush up golf course
Chandigarh, March 13
Neil Gardner, who has designed and constructed golf courses in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and South Africa, is in Chandigarh these days. His mission is to give Chandigarh Golf Club staff a drill on the maintenance of course.
From right: Course manager Navkesh Singh, Australian Neil Gardner, Brig HS Bath and DS Bains during an interaction with the media at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Friday.
From right: Course manager Navkesh Singh, Australian Neil Gardner, Brig HS Bath and DS Bains during an interaction with the media at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Friday. A Tribune photo: 
Manoj Mahajan

17 countries to participate in tennis tourney
Chandigarh, March 13
As many as 17 countries, including India, have confirmed their participation in the ITF US $ 15,000 Tennis Tournament to be played in the CLTA Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, from March 16 and 21.

 



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