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Appointment of PEC registrar declared void
Chandigarh, March 16
The UT administration has declared the appointment of SK Suman as the new registrar of PEC null and void and moved the file to the UT Adviser for his approval. The decision comes in the wake of the findings of an inquiry conducted by Preeti Chand, Director, Technical Education (UT) to verify the allegations of the appointment being an unlawful “accommodation”.

Sexologist shot at Zirakpur; driver arrested
Zirakpur, March 16
Lure for easy money led to the murder of a Gidderbaha-based ayurveda sexologist, Dharamvir Sharma (60), who was shot at his rented clinic here in the wee hours of the morning. The police cracked the case after the victim’s driver, Kala Singh, confessed to his involvement in the crime.

SC clears way for demolition
Panchkula, March 16
The efforts of Kalka residents to save their properties from demolition seem to have been futile as the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) today decided to remove the encroachments from both sides of the NH-22 here.

Spell out policy on nursing homes, HC to GMADA
Chandigarh, March 16
The Punjab and Haryana High Court wants the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to take appropriate policy decision on the running of hospitals, nursing homes and even clinics from residential premises in Mohali within four months.

Chandigarh International Airport
AAI approves Rs 500 cr
Chandigarh, March 16
The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has approved an investment of Rs 500 crore for establishment of an airfield and a civil aviation terminal for the Chandigarh International airport project.




EARLIER STORIES



PGI awaits approval for running cancer-detection programmes
Chandigarh, March 16
The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) at Chandigarh wants to take its regional cancer centre “to the community”, but is lacking manpower and facilities.





COMMUNITY

UT endeavours go futile; beggary still on
Chandigarh, March 16
If figures are an indication, the UT Administration’s efforts to make the city streets ‘beggar-free’ by rehabilitating them seem to have hit a notch, as the helpline launched by the social welfare department and the Vocational Training Centre had not achieved tangible results so far.
Beggars continue to haunt Chandigarh streets
Beggars continue to haunt Chandigarh streets. Tribune Photos: Vinay Malik

Candidate’s Profile
Bansal’s rise from student council to central minister
Chandigarh, March 16
From a student leader at Panjab University to the Central minister-it has been a long and momentous journey for Pawan Kumar Bansal, Minister of State for Finance and Congress candidate from the Chandigarh Parliamentary constituency.

Cong, BJP slug it out over Sachar report
Chandigarh, March 16
The slugfest between the Congress and the BJP over the “communal card” has intensified. A day after AICC general secretary Mohsina Kidwai promised moon to the Muslim electorate in the shape of the implementation of the Sachar Committee report, the BJP today termed the Congress as the “most-communal” party in India, which had exploited the Muslim vote bank since Independence.

TIMER
Overall development must
Chandigarh, March 16
Anny Kapila, who is doing MBA from Punjab Technical University, is excited to take part in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. With more youth willing to participate, politics will hopefully get a cleaner and more importantly a fresh perspective to issues, she added. Personally I like Rahul Gandhi. He is someone I can relate to.

CCTVs Installation
Bidder cries foul, alleges irregularities in tender
Chandigarh, March 16
The installation of CCTVs at strategic locations in Sectors 17, 22 and 35 seems to have come under a cloud with one of the bidders crying foul and alleging serious irregularities in the tendering process.

Service of rehab centre employee terminated
Chandigarh, March 16
A day after Chandigarh Tribune highlighted how the schoolchildren were forced to be part of a political function; the Chandigarh Administration terminated the services of one of its employees responsible for this improper act.

HC directs removal of encroachments in Kalka
Serves show-cause notice on UT Additional District and Sessions Judge
Chandigarh, March 16
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear the court was in favour of rehabilitating the shopkeepers, but at the same time the encroachments on the road cutting through Kalka were required to be removed in accordance with the Supreme Court directives.

Engineering Flaw
Zirakpur flyover partially closed
Zirakpur, March 16
Barely few months after being opened to traffic, the Zirakpur flyover was today partly closed after a portion of the bridge was declared unfit for movement of traffic. The deputy commissioner, Prabhjot Singh Mand, said the bridge had been closed for the traffic moving from Dera Bassi towards Chandigarh.

Residents to face more water shortage
Mohali, March 16
Residents of Mohali will face shortage of water as the mercury soars in the coming months because the demand in the summer months is much more than the availability of water.

Bhatti dons neta’s cap
Chandigarh, March 16
When it comes to mocking issues, comedian Jaspal Bhatti always has something up his sleeve. He was at his best yet again today with his colourful brass band in tow in Sector 17 while launching his political outfit, “Recession Party”.

Jest for fun: Jaspal Bhatti with his supporters at the “launch” of his party in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Jest for fun: Jaspal Bhatti with his supporters at the “launch” of his party in Chandigarh

Safai karamcharis stage dharna
Chandigarh, March 16
On a call given by the coordination committee of government and municipal corporation employees and workers, Chandigarh, safai karamcharis working under the MOH (medical officer of health) and UT panchayats staged a dharna in protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands here yesterday.

Haryanvi folklore bonanza at Tagore Theatre
Chandigarh, March 16
Haryanvi folklore maestros regaled the scant audience on the opening day of the three-day Haryanvi Ragini Festival at Tagore theatre here today.


A view of empty chairs during the ragni utsav at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

A view of empty chairs during the ragni utsav at the Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh

Scare as militant cited near Burail Jail
Chandigarh, March 16
Security around Model Jail, Burail, was beefed up following the reported presence of a militant, Narain Singh Chaura, near the jail boundary, last evening.

Love at first ride
Chandigarh, March 16
For Jean-Louis Massard, a 46-year-old French technical designer, his fascination for the life of rickshaw-pullers made his recent trip to India more special than his previous six visits.

UT’s first teacher dies
Chandigarh, March 16
Kanwar Babu Singh (89), the first teacher and founder of Scouting here, died after a brief illness today.


EDUCATION

Home science students forced to cook for teachers
Chandigarh, March 16
If students across the city schools are to be believed they are not only forced to participate in various events and rallies but also to ‘demonstrate’ their cooking, stitching or artistic skills by attending to teachers’ personal errands.

Discussion on Darwin’s contributions
Chandigarh, March 16
The department of anthropology, Panjab University, hosted a seminar ‘Darwin, Science and Anthropology’ here today. The seminar was inaugurated by the university Vice-Chancellor, Prof RC Sobti.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Hefty Fee
Organisation complains against pvt schools
Bassi Pathana, March 16
Hindu organisation in a complaint to Education Minister alleged that the privately managed schools in the area are fleecing parents by charging huge amount in the form of funds and fees and also start the academic session before April 1 to admit more number of students.

Public health dept to improve water supply
Kalka, March 16
The department of sanitary and irrigation (Public Health), Kalka, will improve the water supply here to solve water scarcity problem in the summer season. BR Verma, SDO of the department, said the department had decided to start the water supply to the Housing Board, Industrial Units, BDPO office, Old DSP office area, near Saini Dhaba area and Ram Nagar from the newly installed tubewell of Kanguwal near Kalka police station.

Newly wed woman killed in accident
Husband, two others injured
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 16
A newly wed woman was killed in an accident and her husband injured in an accident during the wee hours today. The couple was on their way back to Delhi after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Student found dead under mysterious circumstances
Dera Bassi, March 16
A 25-year-old student of Hotel and Catering Management Institute, Dera Bassi, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his paying guest in Dera Bassi here this evening.

19-year-old killed in road accident
Dera Bassi, March 16
A 19-year-old engineering student was killed in a road accident on Ambala-Chandigarh highway here this morning.

MBA students excel in debate
Kharar, March 16
MBA students of Guru Gobind Singh College of Management and Technology (GGSCMT) brought laurels in the recently concluded inter-business school declamation contest Aprajita held at Dr IT Business School on Women’s Day.

Graft Case
EC orders DSP’s transfer
Kharar, March 16
DSP Kharar, Raj Balwinder Singh Sandhu, was transferred today following the orders of Election Commission. Sources said Balwinder, son of former Akali MLA, Sukhdarshan Singh Mrar, has a corruption case registered against him during the term of previous Congress government. 

INLD submits memo to DC
Ambala, March 16
INLD workers demonstrated in front of the deputy commissioner’s office here today to protest against the worst law and order in the state. The general secretary of the state unit, Jasbir Malor, led the demonstration and senior leaders Surjeet Singh Sonda, Balinder Singh Landa, Balvinder Singh Punia, Shashi Kesri and Sandeep Rana were also present on this occasion.


COURTS

Boycott cannot be legalised by granting adjournments: HC
Chandigarh, March 16
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it amply clear that the court would not affix stamp of legality by granting adjournments on the ground of boycott or strike by the lawyers; and strike by the advocates amounted to interference in the administration of justice.

Inquiry Details
Army challenges CIC order
Chandigarh, March 16
The Army has challenged the Central Information Commission’s (CIC) order directing it to supply a copy of the court of inquiry proceedings, the post-mortem report and inquest proceedings in the matter pertaining to the death of a decorated Captain posted in Jammu and Kashmir.

Two sentenced for murder
Panchkula, March 16
Justice Sanjiv Jindal, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Panhkula, sentenced Sanjay Kumar (30), a resident of a jhuggi at Sector 4 of Mansa Devi Complex (MDC), to imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of Rs 5,000 for murdering Raju, a painter, here today.

Life term for stepfather
Chandigarh, March 16
Pronouncing judgment in the “rarest of the rare” case where a stepfather had been raping his daughter for four years, Additional District and Sessions Judge RS Attri today sentenced Chander Pal to life imprisonment.


CRIME

Gardener stabbed to death
Chandigarh, March 16
A 43-year-old gardener-cum-watchman was allegedly stabbed to death by some unidentified persons at Leisure Valley, Sector-10, here today morning. The motive behind the brutal killing was yet to be ascertained.

Three held for fraud
Chandigarh, March 16
Rupinder Bhatt of Sector 35 filed a complaint with the police alleging that Surinder Kapoor of Panchkula, Ramesh Kumar and Vishal Singh of Zirakpur, Neeraj and Ricky cheated him by selling a four-kanal plot in Panchkula using forged documents.

Three out of the five accused in police custody in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Three out of the five accused in police custody in Chandigarh

Cop found dead in Sec-9 headquarters
Chandigarh, March 16
A 38-year-old constable of the Punjab police was found dead at Punjab police headquarters in Sector 9, today morning. The deceased has been identified as Kashmira Singh of Taran Taran, a fire fighter at the headquarters.

Assailant may have been outsider: Police
Mohali, March 16
The unidentified assailant(s) involved in the shooting of Sameer Watts (34), a senior official with a Mohali-based office of a cellular operator, presumably used the telephone facility of Fortis Hospital to mislead investigation by the police. The police is not ruling the possibility of the caller being an outsider.

Scribes of 2 TV channels clash
Chandigarh, March 16
In a brawl of an unusual kind, reporters and cameramen of two national television channels, Star and Sahara Samay, clashed with baseball bats and wickets, in Sector-17 market today afternoon.

Heist
Accused brought to Panchkula
Panchkula, March 16
The local police has brought the two accused in the Panchkula dacoities case, Amit Yadav and Samir Nain, here from Yamunanagar today. The two were arrested by the Yamunanagar police for murdering a businessman there following which they admitted that the dacoities at Panchkula were committed by them.


SPORTS

Vishnu stuns fourth seed
Chandigarh, March 16
Vishnu Vardhan of India stunned fourth seed Patrick Taubert of Germany 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 in the singles first round match on the first day of the $ 15,000 ITF Men’s Futures at the Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, here today.
Vishnu Vardhan of India in action during a match against fourth seed Patrick Taubert of Germany at Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Vishnu Vardhan of India in action during a match against fourth seed Patrick Taubert of Germany at Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, Chandigarh

Jeev finishes fourth in World Golf
Chandigarh, March 16
Jeev Milkha Singh recorded his best finish on the US soil finishing fourth in the World Golf Championships closing with a final two-under par 70 for a 14 under par 274 score at the Doral Golf Resort in Florida yesterday.

Golf camp from March 19
Chandigarh, March 16
A six-day camp for golfers (8-to-18 age group) will be held at the Panchkula Golf Club from March 19 to 24. To be conducted by EGTF-certified coach Ajay Gujral, the junior training programme will be held on all days from 9 am to 10 am, in which the trainees will learn the importance of rules as well as the basics of the golf swing and game.

Pune college lift golf title
Chandigarh, March 16
College of Military Engineering, Pune, clinched the Engineers’ Golf Trophy in the inter-college tournament held on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

City athlete for World School Games
Chandigarh, March 16
City athlete Avinash will represent India in the 400m and 4x400m relay during the forthcoming World School Games to be held in Tallin, Estonia, from June 25 to 31.

Tennis championship from April 4
Mohali, March 16
The Total Tennis Academy will organise Manav Mangal AITA Total Tennis Talent Series Championship at Manav Mangal Smart School, Phase 10, Mohali, from April 4 to 10.

No dearth of sponsorship in boxing: Bhardwaj
Chandigarh, March 16
The splendid show of Indian boxers in the Beijing Olympics has given a boost to the financial health of the sport with support coming in from sponsors and government, feels Dronacharya awardee and Indian Amateur Boxing Federation’s selection committee member OP Bhardwaj.


 


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