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Fun turns tragic
Boy dies of burns, five injured
Chandigarh, March 18
One child was burnt to death while five others, including three girls, sustained serious burns when one of them set afire a can of thinner, leading to a blast at Mauli Jagran here this afternoon.
One of the victims being treated at Sector 16 Government Multi Speciality Hospital in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
One of the victims being treated at Sector 16 Government Multi Speciality Hospital in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik 

Auction
Admn not service provider, rules SC
New Delhi, March 18
The Supreme Court has ruled that the Chandigarh administration is not covered under the Consumer Protection Act in the auction of 74 residential and 71 commercial sites in 1996.

Day II: Chaos at Kalka
Kalka, March 18
If commuters on the Kalka-Shimla highway hoped for a smooth ride through the main bazaar here, a day after massive demolitions by the NHAI, they were in for a shock as the debris lay scattered on the road. Shopkeepers fight the dust as hundreds of vehicles are stranded following a demolition drive at Kalka on Wednesday.
Shopkeepers fight the dust as hundreds of vehicles are stranded following a demolition drive at Kalka on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan



EARLIER STORIES

Villagers to boycott poll
Ropar, March 18
People from around 25 villages along the Ropar-Purkhali link road have decided not to vote in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

In voter card, daughter older than father
Chandigarh, March 18
Can a daughter be 22 years older than her father? The answer would be in the negative, but the Election Commission of India (ECI) has performed this “feat”, going by the entries in the voter identity cards of a family at Telehos Society in Sector 50 here.

Adviser okays PEC registrar’s sack
Chandigarh, March 18
Pradip Mehra, UT Adviser, today cancelled the appointment of SK Suman as the registrar of PEC and forwarded the file to the Administrator for final approval.

No uranium supply to India: Australia
Chandigarh, March 18
Australian High Commissioner to India John McCarthy has said the Indo-US nuclear deal and its subsequent approval by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) was not enough for his government to reconsider its decision to supply enriched uranium to India.


Australian High Commissioner John McCarthy addresses mediapersons in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
Australian High Commissioner John McCarthy addresses mediapersons in Chandigarh on Wednesday.



COMMUNITY

Panel to look into candidates’ grievances
Chandigarh, March 18
The UT chief electoral officer (CEO) has constituted a committee for hearing complaints of contesting candidates and political parties and redress of grievances regarding advertisements on radio, TV channels and the cable network.

Candidate’s Profile
Grand old man of city politics
Chandigarh, March 18
Harmohan Dhawan, BSP candidate from the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency, is a go-getter. Like opening restaurants, party hopping seems to be penchant for the grand old man of the Chandigarh politics, who wants the maximum from his professional and political ventures.
                                                                  
Harmohan Dhawan
Harmohan Dhawan

Cong betrays farmers, says Jain
Chandigarh, March 18
Satya Pal Jain today accused the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre of betraying the interests of farmers and villagers of the city.

Youth clubs gearing up for poll too
Chandigarh, March 18
Determined to do their bit to motivate youngsters in the city to vote and make the right choice, youth clubs in the city are coming up with events and projects right before the elections.

48 polling booths in P’kula hypersensitive
Panchkula, March 18
While the political parties have started campaigning in the Panchkula and Kalka assembly constituencies for the Lok Sabha elections to be held on May 7, the district administration has decided to videograph the activities of all the parties. For the purpose, Panchkula additional deputy commissioner would act as a nodal officer who will be assisted by subdivision magistrates of Panchkula and Kalka.

Manouli resident murdered: Police
Body not recovered so far
Mohali, March 18
The police claims to have solved the case related to the alleged abduction of a Manouli resident nearly three weeks ago by stating that he was murdered. Three persons have been arrested in this regard even though the body of the deceased has not been recovered so far.

Runaway Couples
Committee for protection of registered marriages
Chandigarh, March 18
Trudging towards the formulation of a mechanism for preventing runaway couples from hiding behind the pillars of law in the corridors of justice, a joint committee has asserted provision for providing protection to marriages registered under the relevant Act will go a long way in sorting out the problem.

Cloud over councillors trip to Gujarat
Chandigarh, March 18
After criticising the motive of MCC councillors’ trip to Singapore and Bangkok in the past, now Mayor Kamlesh seems to do a somersault by trying to get an approval for the proposed study tour to Gujarat for the councillors.

Scribes’ Dispute
Delegates meet SSP, Home Secretary
Chandigarh, March 18
UT home secretary Ram Nivas today directed the SSP to constitute a medical board and get the fresh medical of victims done in the case of a brawl between the reporters of two tv channels that took place here on Monday.

GCM to rethink Col’s acquittal
Chandigarh, March 18
A general court martial (GCM), that had earlier acquitted a colonel of charges of using criminal force on a subordinate officer, will reassemble at Ambala tomorrow to consider its findings and verdict afresh.

Road leading to Zirakpur cracked
Zirakpur, March 18
Few months after the Chandigarh-Ambala and Panchkula-Zirakpur four-laning project inaugurated by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways TR Baalu, cracks have started appearing on the road leading to it.


Cracks have started appearing on newly carpeted road in Zirakpur. A Tribune photograph.
Cracks have started appearing on newly carpeted road in Zirakpur.

Play on road safety at ISBT-43
Chandigarh, March 18
A city-based road safety NGO in collaboration with the CTU organised a street play and distributed road safety pamphlets to passengers and bus drivers at the Sector 43 ISBT here today.



EDUCATION

Affiliation to Kalpana institute under scanner
Chandigarh, March 18
The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) affiliation to Kalpana Chawla Memorial Educational Society (KCMES) has come under scanner, if the upshot of infighting between its management is any indication.

St Kabir violates ICSE norms
Detains a Class IX student for not securing 50 pc
Chandigarh, March 18
Giving hoots to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations guidelines, St Kabir School, Sector 26, has allegedly refused to promote a Class IX student for not having secured an aggregate of 50 per cent marks though according to the ICSE guidelines the requisite is 45 per cent and 35 per cent in five individual subjects to get promoted to the next class.

Teachers go on mass leave
Chandigarh, March 18
Hundreds of teachers working in seven non-government aided colleges of Chandigarh on the call of the Chandigarh District Council of Punjab and the Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) proceeded on a mass casual leave and held a massive rally at Sector 17 in front of the office of DPI(C), Punjab.
Teachers of DAV College, Sector 10, protest at the Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh on Wednesday.
Teachers of DAV College, Sector 10, protest at the Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

No scholars for Chairs in PU
Chandigarh, March 18
The setting up of chairs of eminent personalities in the Panjab University is not possible, as no research work is being done on them .

Degrees awarded
Mohali, March 18
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University (PTU) Dr Rajneesh Arora today urged students to go in for entrepreneurship instead of becoming job seekers in order to earn more money, freedom and respect in the society.



 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Pbi varsity to hold Punjabi Film Festival annually
Patiala, March 18
“Punjabi University will start Punjabi Film Festival as its annual feature from the current year on the lines of Aligarh Muslim University. It will also document Punjabi folk art forms in textual and audio-visual formats to promote the Punjabi culture,” this was announced by Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the university while presiding over a symposium on “New trends in Punjabi cinema”, organised by the university’s department of youth welfare at Kala Bhawan here today.

Pinjore deprived of distribution scheme
Kalka, March 18
Pinjore had been deprived of the lower distribution system (LD Scheme), a scheme of the Central government.

2,000 diagnosed at medical camp
Banur, March 18
As many as 2,000 people were diagnosed at a free medical camp held here today. Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital organised the camp with retired engineer of the area SMS Sandhu from Banur. Patients suffering from eye ailments, ENT, skin, paediatrics, gynae, dental and general ailments were diagnosed by the doctors during the occasion.

Man killed in accident
Dera Bassi, March 18
A 40-year-old cyclist was killed in a road accident near Sadashiv Complex at the Ambala-Chandigarh Highway today.

4 held with weapons
Kharar, March 18
Four youth were held with weapons during a naka put up by the CIA staff near Suhara village railway line.



COURTS

HC for registering legal correspondents
Chandigarh, March 18
The Punjab and Haryana High Court wants to explore the feasibility of registering legal correspondents for instilling a feeling of belonging among them. A Division Bench, headed by Justice Uma Nath Singh, asked the registrar-general to collect information from his counterpart in the Supreme Court and place it before the Chief Justice and Judges of the high court.

NCB ex-supdt gets 2-day police custody
Chandigarh, March 18
Judicial magistrate first class (JMIC) Sumit Ghai today remanded former superintendent of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Balwinder Singh to police custody for two days in the case of embezzlement of Rs 13.81 lakh that were found missing from the seizures made.





Former NCB superintendent Balwinder Singh being produced before a court in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph
Former NCB superintendent Balwinder Singh being produced before a court in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

3 get police remand
Zirakpur, March 18
The three accused -- Kala Singh, Kulwant Singh and Malkit Singh -- arrested for murdering Dharamvir Sharma, a 60-year-old ayurveda sexologist, on Monday, were produced in a Dera Bassi court today from where they have been sent to two days police remand.

Man gets life term for killing wife
Panchkula, March 18
Additional District and Sessions Judge Shiva Sharma sentenced a man to life imprisonment for killing his wife here yesterday. The court also fined the convict, Vijay Pal alias Pappu, a fine of Rs 10,000.



CRIME

Doctor held for girl’s death
Chandigarh, March 18
The police today arrested Sat Prakash, a Ram Darbar-based “self-styled” registered medical practitioner on the charges of cheating and culpable homicide for the death of a three-year-old girl to whom he had treated.

Major booked for misbehaving with cop
Chandigarh, March 18
Annoyed over being stopped for a traffic violation, an Army man today created a scene at Piccadilly Chowk here this afternoon and also allegedly misbehaved with a policemen on duty.

ASI of rly police held taking bribe
Chandigarh, March 18
Sleuths of the CBI today caught red-handed an assistant sub-inspector of the Government Railway Police while allegedly accepting Rs 7,000 at Chandigarh Railway Station here.



SPORTS


Hockey
BSF beat Punjab Police; clinch title
Chandigarh, March 18
Last year’s runners-up Border Security Force (BSF) won the 57th All-India Police Hockey Championship after beating defending champions Punjab Police by an aggregate 8-7 margin in the sudden death tie-breaker at the Sector 42 stadium here today.

Elated BSF team after winning the hockey championship in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
Elated BSF team after winning the hockey championship in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Tennis Tourney
Barry King drub Benjamin Balleret
Chandigarh, March 18
Quarterfinalists have been spotted in the $ 15,000 ITF Men's Futures Tennis Tournament being played at the CLTA Tennis Stadium in Sector 10 here today.

City eves in national hockey camp
Chandigarh, March 18
The trainees of Chandigarh Girls Hockey (CGH) Academy, Swati and Monika Malik, are now all set to graduate to the big league of hockey.
Both made it to the junior national hockey team’s camp being held in Lucknow from March 25 to May 22. The camp is being held for the girls (u-18) Asia Cup, Sanghai (China).


Players during a practice session in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
Players during a practice session in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Sreesanth to miss IPL
Chandigarh, March 18
S Sreesanth of Kings XI Punjab will don a new role as a fan and a mentor, as he will miss playing in the second season of IPL due to a L2 stress fracture in his lower back.

SJOBA rally
Chandigarh, March 18
As many as 78 teams will be participating in the 22nd Annual SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Rally being organised by the St John’s Old Boys’ Association (SJOBA).

Angad Cheema hangs on to lead
Chandigarh, March 18
Overnight leader Angad Cheema played a poor four over par 74, but managed to hang on to the lead with Delhi’s Rashid Khan and defending champion Amanjyot Singh of Jaipur joining him on top of the leaderboard at level par 140 after the second round of the LG Rambagh Golf Club Open Amateur Golf Championship in Jaipur today.

Golf Meet
Ekam, Babbles win medals round
Chandigarh, March 18
Ekam J Singh returned a nett 68 card to clinch the gold and silver title in the Kingfisher Medal of Medals Round of the CGC Ladies Golf Championship here today.

Central Zone to take on North Zone today
Chandigarh, March 18
Teams comprising of the North Zone and Central Zone have made it to the finals of the DRDO National Cricket Tournament being held at the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory ranges near Ramgarh.

 



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