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MC not to charge for brief halts

Chandigarh, March 19
The MC has decided not to charge parking fee from motorists picking up or dropping passengers in parking lots across the city.

IT team comes calling at PCA
Policemen at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Thursday. Chandigarh, March 19
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) came under the IT scanner today as sleuths from the CIT (II) swooped on the stadium to conduct a survey.

Policemen at the PCA Stadium, Mohali, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu


Regional Press better mouthpiece of masses than national dailies: Dua
HK Dua, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune, delivers the keynote address at a seminar on “Regional Press: Power, Reach and Influence”, at the Chandigarh Press Club on Thursday.Chandigarh, March 19
Regional Press should develop national outlook as its deeper penetration and wider reach can help in national awakening. Though, national English newspapers are held in esteem

HK Dua, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune, delivers the keynote address at a seminar on “Regional Press: Power, Reach and Influence”, at the Chandigarh Press Club on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

‘Breaking news break norms, ethics’
Chandigarh, March 19
Breaking news on most private television channels do break all norms and ethics, but sense and sensibility is returning in electronic media coverage and more progress can be made by conceptualising news in its cultural background.

Alliances sans reality will split votes: Ketkar
Chandigarh, March 19
Alliances without any reality at the ground level will only result in multiple split in votes in the forthcoming elections, especially in Maharashtra, according to Loksatta editor Kumar Ketkar.

A woman tries to make her way through the drain-cum-road at Colony No. 4. Jai ho vote bank!
Elections come & go, but nothing changes for them
Chandigarh, March 19
Filthy lanes, kutcha roads, contaminated drinking water and that too in limited quantities, no electricity and never ending, but unkept promises from one election to another. Well, that sums up the saga of Chandigarh’s “slumdogs” (read voters) for whom things never seem to change.

A woman tries to make her way through the drain-cum-road at Colony No. 4. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

PEC registrar told to quit
Chandigarh, March 19
SK Suman, the recently appointed registrar of PEC, has finally been asked to step down after the declaration of his appointment null and void. Virender Rihani, assistant professor for electronics and electrical communication, was assigned the functions of the registrar today.

19-yr-old rapes toddler, booked
Chandigarh, March 19
The police today booked a 19-year-old youth of Mauli Jagran on the charges of raping a 22-month-old girl. The accused, Joginder Singh, a mechanic in the motor market, is reportedly absconding.


Plight of Hindi scholars discussed
Chandigarh, March 19
The first-ever workshop being conducted for Hindi research scholars by the Hindi department, Panjab University, (17-21st March) is proving instrumental in bringing to light the problems faced by the research scholars.

Textbook with faulty map withdrawn
Mohali, March 19
After a report pertaining to the distortion of the map of India by a Mohali-based publisher, Vishvas Publication, published in these columns on March 18 (“Hindi syllabus books omit PoK”), the printer today stated that he was withdrawing the books from the market and replacing with the corrected versions.

Chaos at the office of Chief Electoral Officer in Chandigarh on Thursday. Correction Forms
Chaos rules CEO’s office
Chandigarh, March 19
Chaos prevailed at the office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) as general public struggled in long queues to get forms of correction of voters’ ID card here today. Owing to lack of co-ordination at the counter and insufficient space, people faced harassment.

Chaos at the office of Chief Electoral Officer in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photo

Kidwai’s Remarks
BJP files plaint with EC
Chandigarh, March 19
The issue of alleged inflammatory statements by the all-India Congress minority cell chief Imran Kidwai at a public meeting here on March 15 has snowballed into a major confrontation between the Congress and the BJP with the latter filing a complaint with the EC in New Delhi today.

Guidelines on printing of publicity material
Chandigarh, March 19
To keep a tab over expenses incurred on printing of publicity material, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued guidelines and placed restrictions on any person printing or publishing election material, including pamphlet or poster, without bearing the name and address of the printer and the publisher.

Farmers’ Issues
Cong, BJP start blame game
Chandigarh, March 19
With inadequate compensation for UT farmers emerging as the key issue in the elections for the Chandigarh parliamentary seat, the BJP and the Congress are locked in a blame game over the neglect of farmers. A day after BJP candidate Satya Pal Jain accused the Congress of being anti-farmer, the Congress today reacted, alleging that it was the saffron party which had been indulging in anti-farmer activities.

Sukhjeet Singh 1st TIMER
See candidate’s past record
Chandigarh, March 16
Elections are an instrument of change and after every five years we get this opportunity to elect representatives, who are supposed to lead us to the path of progress and prosperity.
                                                                             Sukhjeet Singh

Poll Boll
“Na safai hai, na pakka makaan, ab to kerosene bhi kam milne laga hai. Har bar kitne neta log aate hain or vaada karke chale jate hain, pure koi nahi karta

Saji reiterates links of 6 cops with drug peddlers
Chandigarh, March 19
Saji Mohan, former zonal director of the Narcotic Control Bureau (NCB), reportedly stuck to his report regarding the nexus of six Chandigarh policemen with drug-peddlers.

Nine kiosks gutted in Mohali
Mohali, March 19
As many as nine kiosks were damaged in a fire that broke out at the Ajit Khokha Rehri Market in Phase XI here late last night.

Sameer Vats Assault victim succumbs to injuries
Mohali, March 19
After battling for his life for seven days, Sameer Vats succumbed to his injuries at Fortis Hospital, Mohali, at 4 am today. The 34-year-old senior official with a Mohali-based cellular operator was admitted to the hospital after being shot at from a close range near Cosmo Hospital in Phase 8 here on March 12.

                                                                            Sameer Vats

Code Violation
Officials enjoying home district postings: MLA
Mohali, March 19
Kharar MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu today alleged that in a complete violation of the model code of conduct, certain officials in the Mohali district administration were enjoying home district postings at the behest of the senior functionaries in the Akali government.

Land acquisition by GMADA sparks protest
Mullanpur (Mohali), March 19
With the land rates virtually touching the sky, land acquisition by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority to widen the Mullanpur-Siswan road has sparked protests in the area.


Students’ participation in rallies
Education department wakes up, finally
Chandigarh, March 19
Finally, the education department seems to have woken up to the plight of students, who are allegedly made to slog in various administration functions, or rallies and even the political rallies at times.

From Schools & Colleges
Dharna by DAV College teachers
Chandigarh, March 19
Three teachers of DAV College, Sector 10, Dr Dinesh Talwar, Dr A.L. Singla and Prof Charanjit Kaur Sandhu, relaid fast from 9 am to 4 pm as per the decision taken by the Chandigarh District Council yesterday at the dharna held here at Sector 17.


Youth sets himself afire, critical
Dera Bassi, March 19
A resident of Meerpur village near Dera Bassi allegedly torched himself after putting kerosene oil on his body at his residence today.

Domestic Discord
Shopkeeper goes ‘missing’
Ropar, March 19
A local shopkeeper made disappearing act to teach his family a lesson. The shopkeeper went “missing” on Tuesday. The shopkeeper, Sanjiv Kumar, had gone to home for lunch on Tuesday. He took Rs 5,000 from his wife and left for his shop at around 5:30 pm.

Two arrested for theft 
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 19
The local police today arrested two people for stealing scooters and then selling the same to scrap dealers. The accused have been identified as Satvir and Pawan Kumar. They were arrested during a special naka laid near Khumna village under the Mulepur police station. During the interrogation the accused admitted to have stealing a large number of scooters during the past few months and selling the same to scrap dealers. The police also recovered three stolen scooters from their houses in Mulepur. — TNS

24 bottles of liquor seized; 1 held
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 19
The Fatehgarh Sahib police recovered 24 bottles of liquor and arrested one person. The accused has been identified as Mangat Ram, a resident of Chanarthal Kalan, who was arrested during a naka laid by the Mulepur Police near Chanarthal village. — TNS


Appointment: PSEB secy moves HC
Mohali, March 19
Against the orders of single bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in which the appointment of Pavittarpal Kaur as the secretary of the Punjab School Education Board had been termed as undesirable and unwarranted, the secretary has filed an appeal against the orders of the single bench.

HC notice
Chandigarh, March 19
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur and Justice Hemant Gupta of the Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday issued a notice to the Union of India, Haryana and other respondents on a petition seeking repair of stretch between Pinjore and Maranwala in Baddi. In the petition filed in public interest, BBN Industries asserted the 17.5 km-long stretch on the National Highway-21 was in an urgent need for repair. — TNS


Undertrial attacked in lockup
Panchkula, March 19
The security arrangements at local district courts came under scanner when an under trial in the Bakshi Khana lockup injured another person by attacking him with a blade here today. While the accused has been identified as Gurvinder, being tried for a theft, injured Pardeep was brought by the police, after he surrendered before the cops, for attacking cricket players at Kalka early this month.

Man found  murdered
Panchkula, March 19
The body of a 35-year-old man was found with sharp-edged weapon injuries here today. The deceased has been identified as Rajan, a resident of Railly village.

Scooterist killed
Chandigarh, March 19
A resident of Sector 40, Hardeep Singh, who was drving a Honda Activa scooter, died after being hit by a Honda City at the lights of Sector 38-40 here late tonight. According to police sources, the victim reportedly jumped the lights whe he was hit by the car. A couple and a child in the car have been admitted to hospital. The car dragged the victim for a few yards before hitting a transformer at Sector 38. The power supply to the sector was also affected. — TNS


Tennis: Rohan beats Vijayant; enters semifinal
Chandigarh, March 19
CLTA trainee Vijayant Malik made an exit after a battle with Rohan Gajjar (IND) 6-4, 4-6, 6-7 (3) in a singles quarterfinal round of the $ 15,000 ITF Men’s Futures Tennis Tournament being played at the CLTA Tennis Stadium, Sector 10, here today.

Sports dept staff devoid of PF for 8 yrs
Chandigarh, March 19
As per the information sought under the RTI, the employees of the Chandigarh sports department were devoid of provident fund for the past 8 years ie from August 1998 to March 2006.

Mandeep emerges fastest athlete
Mohali, March 19
Guru Nanak Dev College of Education celebrated its Annual Sports Day on its school premises here today. Mandeep Singh, Vikram Singh and Satnam Singh claimed the first, second and third position, respectively, in the 100 m men’s race while in the women’s category Dimple, Parveen Kaur and Avneet Kaur won the first, second and third position, respectively.

Cricket trials tomorrow
Chandigarh, March 19
Trials to select the Chandigarh under-13 cricket team will be held on March 21 at 3 pm at Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36. The team will participate in the tournament organised by the CCA, affiliated with the PCA. The tournament will be played between four district teams - Ludhiana , Ropar, Mohali and Chandigarh. The players born on or after April 1, 1996, will be eligible for the trials. —TNS


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