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Snehalaya fails to provide that human touch
13-yr-old inmate escapes from centre; parents withdraw their kids

A mother taking her daughter back from Snehalaya on Friday. Chandigarh, March 20
It took a daring escape by Vinod to reveal the sorry state of affairs at Snehalaya, a vocational training centre for street children in Maloya, and one of the most celebrated endeavours of the UT administration.

A mother taking her daughter back from Snehalaya on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tiwari

Court frames charges after 12 years
Chandigarh, March 20
Twelve years after registration of an FIR on charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy of whopping Rs 27 crore against Balwan Singh, the then secretary and cashier of the Shivalik Environ Cooperative House Building Society, a local court today framed charges against him and three others.

Mohali Murder
Two persons called up victim
Mohali, March 20
CCTV grabs of the callers. In a new twist to the sensational murder of Sameer Watts (34), the police today said that two separate persons had called up the victim on two different occasions
                                      CCTV grabs of the callers.


Liquor traders form syndicate
LIQUOR WAR: The Mohali-Chandigarh border will have more of Punjab liquor vends with the Punjab Excise Department deciding to check smuggling of liquor from Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj MahajanMohali, March 20
Even as the Akali and Congress leaders fight it out in the ensuing parliamentary elections, the lucrative liquor trade has brought bonhomie between the politicians of the rival parties. In a draw of lots for the liquor vends held here today, a consortium of those having close affiliation to two senior politicians of the rival political parties have joined hands to run 24 liquor vends in Mohali.

LIQUOR WAR: The Mohali-Chandigarh border will have more of Punjab liquor vends with the Punjab Excise Department deciding to check smuggling of liquor from Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

SC restrains PEC from evicting PSEB research unit
New Delhi, March 20
The Supreme Court today restrained Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh, from evicting the research unit of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) from the campus.


Colony chieftains a headache for Cong, BJP
Chandigarh, March 20
Opportunism and elections go hand in hand. In fact, party hopping is not restricted to big leaders as the election time provides perfect opportunity for second-rung “vote catchers” in rehabilitation colonies to switch sides and make hay.

Parking Fee
MC orders only on papers
Parking staff argue with a motorist at a Sector-35 parking in Chandigarh on Friday. Chandigarh, March 20
The Municipal Corporation might have informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court about its decision not to charge parking fee from motorists picking up or dropping passengers, the practice, however, is still being followed at almost all the parking lots in the city.

Parking staff argue with a motorist at a Sector-35 parking in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Cases pile up despite lok adalats
Chandigarh, March 20
While the judiciary is busy organising lok adalat for March 21, the pendency of cases in district courts continues.

MC forms more teams for recovery
Chandigarh, March 20
To intensify the campaign to recover arrears of water bills from defaulters, the municipal corporation has raised the number of disconnection teams from 14 to 23 in the city.

Air Marshal Gautam Nayyar
Air Marshal Gautam Nayyar

IAF begins checks on MiG-29
Chandigarh, March 20
The grounding of MiG-29 fighter planes by Russia following structural defects has prompted the Indian Air Force to carry out extensive checks on its own fleet of such aircraft. “We have moved special technical teams to IAF bases operating the MiG-29 to carry out various checks, including metal analysis and crack detection, on airframe components and others subsystems,” Air Marshal Gautam Nayyar, air officer commanding-in-chief, Maintenance Command, said.

Media seminar concludes with introspection
Chandigarh, Match 20.
Media personnel from across the country have strongly favoured the need to deliberate on the issue of ethics in media and to introduce some checks by the media itself. Besides, journalists also felt that there was a strong requirement to strengthening training and recruitment. 

Major acquitted of molesting junior officer
Chandigarh, May 20
Major Sudhir, who was accused of molesting a woman lieutenant of his own unit, has been acquitted of all charges by a general court martial (GCM). The court, presided by Col Rupinder Singh from Western Command, today morning held Maj Sudhir not guilty of the two charges levelled against him. The court’s verdict is subject to confirmation by the convening authority.

PGI receives third cadaver donation
Chandigarh, March 20
The efforts of the PGI authorities to promote cadaver donations are finally showing a result as the hospital received its third donation this year last week, resulting in a fresh lease of life for two patients, Santosh Devi and Amarjeet Singh, who received the kidneys of deceased Sukhdevi (45).

Plots sought for ’84 riot-hit Sikhs
Chandigarh, March 20
A meeting of the 1984 Sikh Migrant Welfare Society was held at Sector 38 here today. Satya Pal Jain, BJP candidate from the Chandigarh Lok Sabha constituency, also attended the meeting.

Speeding vehicles back on track
Chandigarh, March 20
The 22nd SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Rally got off to an exciting start today with the super special stage held at the Sector-17 Circus Ground.

A Gypsy (Team 11) overturns during the SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Rally at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Friday and the driver comes out unhurt.
A Gypsy (Team 11) overturns during the SJOBA Thunderbolt Sub-Himalayan Rally at Sector 17 in Chandigarh on Friday and the driver comes out unhurt. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan

IT team seizes PCA records
Chandigarh, March 20
The preliminary investigations by the Income tax department during yesterday’s survey at the Punjab Cricket Association indicates that the association had earned crores of rupees during the last IPL matches. Efforts are now on by the authorities to ascertain whether related tax liabilities were fulfilled by the PCA or not.

Poll code: Officials play safe
Mohali, March 20
Development in Mohali has come to a halt as officials have adopted a play-safe attitude to avoid getting into trouble with the Election Commission.

Sanjay Kumar is Excise Secy
Chandigarh, March 20
The Chandigarh administration has relieved RK Rao from the post of Secretary, Excise and Taxation, Chandigarh. Sanjay Kumar, Finance Secretary, has been given the charge of Secretary, Excise and Taxation, in addition to his own duties. — TNS

Roads closed for recarpeting
Chandigarh, March 20
The Chandigarh administration has said that traffic will remain suspended on some roads on account of ongoing recarpeting work on March 21 and 22.

Travel co employee killed in accident
Chandigarh, March 20
Yuvraj Dhiman, a resident of Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, was killed when he was hit by a motor cycle while crossing the road separating Sectors 9 and 17 here this afternoon.

Shovana casts magical spell
Chandigarh, March 20
The hypnotising kathak spells that enchanted the singing strings of santoor gave a majestic start to the 39th All-India Bhaskar Rao Nritya and Sangeet Sammelan organised by Pracheen Kala Kendra at Tagore Theatre here today.

SOREM completes one year
Special children at SOREM in Chandigarh. Chandigarh, March 20
The successful completion of a year by SOREM (The Society for Rehabilitation of Mentally Challenged) opened by social activist Promila Chander Mohan, has set an example for NGOs everywhere. In a draw of lots for the liquor vends held here today, a consortium of those having close affiliation to two senior politicians of the rival political parties have joined hands to run 24 liquor vends in Mohali. 

Special children at SOREM in Chandigarh. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan


Tribune Impact
Education dept notice to St Kabir School
Chandigarh, March 20
Following the news report ‘St. Kabir flouts ICSE norms’ published in Chandigarh Tribune dated March 19, 2009, the UT education department has issued a notice to St. Kabir School, Sector 26, demanding the justification of denial of promotion to a Class IX child overlooking the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations guidelines norms.

Building violations
City school served notice
Chandigarh, March 20
The officials of Sub  divisional Office (SDO), Buildings, had a tough time when they went to inspect BN Model School in Sector 37, for building violations today.

PTU to have online counselling system
Banur, March 20
Punjab Technical University (PTU) will introduce an online system of counselling from the coming session, PTU Vice-Chancellor Dr Rajneesh Arora said here today.

Computers given to AIE centres
Chandigarh, March 20
The Rotary Club of Chandigarh along with Bharat Prakash Foundation (BPF) and the education department, UT, provided computers and libraries for 25 AIE centres being run for the under-privileged children who are being imparted education through afternoon classes under the Sarv Siksha Abhiyaan.

School Buses
Deadline for speed governors suspended
Chandigarh, March 20
While the administration for the first time is in the process of installing speed governors in all 180 buses being operated by the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU), the deadline for installing speed governors in school buses has again been suspended for a week.

No backing out after trials: PU
Chandigarh, March 20
Directorate of sports, Panjab University, has decided to be tough against the players who show inability to play for the university in the inter-university meets after attending the practice camp or the trials.


Counselling camp at Pbi varsity
Patiala, March 20
The department of psychology, Punjabi University, organised a free psychological testing and counselling camp, ‘Psychofest’, aimed at developing a positive personality and an attitude of well being towards life here today. Workshops on emotional intelligence, interview skills and behaviour modification were conducted.

Man dies after consuming cane juice, kids ill
Patiala, March 20
One person died while two of his children were taken seriously ill after consuming cane juice at their residence at Sular village, near here, today.

Patwari, assistant held for taking bribe
Kharar, March 20
The Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a patwari and his assistant for taking bribe from Harinder Singh, a resident of Phase 3B I, in Mohali.

Eight injured in scuffle
Lalru, March 20
Fight between children of a family left eight adults injured in an alleged clash at a Malakpur village here this afternoon.

Liquor vends: Revenue goes up
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 20
Auction for country-made and English liquor vends for the year 2009 - 2010 was held under the supervision of the observers of the Punjab Excise and Taxation Department here today. The income generated this year increased from Rs 41.65 crore (previous year) to Rs 46.45 crore. — TNS


HC celebrates 54th anniversary
Chandigarh, March 20
The Punjab and Haryana High Court celebrated its 54th anniversary by planting 54 flowering trees on the premises yesterday. The celebrations also saw former Supreme Court judges Justice Dr AS Anand and Justice Kuldip Singh. The court’s annual report was also released. It has been prepared by Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, Justice KS Garewal, Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, Justice Augustine George Masih and Justice K Kannan.

Consumer Courts
Insurance firm told to pay Rs 2.31 lakh
Chandigarh, March 20
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Oriental Insurance Company to pay the insurance claim of Rs 2.31 lakh to a resident of Mohali. The petitioner, Rajindner Singh, said he had purchased a car and got it registered from the respondent from October 3, 2007, to October 2, 2008. The car met with an accident and the insurance company was informed on April 29, 2008. The surveyor assessed the damages worth about Rs 3.43 lakh but the claim was repudiated. The company argued that the claim was repudiated on the basis of the report of the investigator on the grounds that the claimant concealed material information and planted it.


Two booked for fraud
Zirakpur, March 20
The local police today booked two persons in a case of fraud on the complaint of Tony, a resident of Chandimandir, Panchkula. The accused were identified as Neetu Mahajan, a resident of Mohali, and Dalbir Singh, a resident of Panchkula.

Body of Manouli resident found in Karnal
Mohali, March 20
The body of the murdered Manouli resident, Hari Chand Vashisht, was found today in Churda Majra village in Karnal after 21 days. DSP (City) Swarndeep Singh said police parties had been sent to bring the body.

2 MC officials booked in graft case
Panchkula, March 20
On the complaint of a contractor, Haryana State Vigilance Bureau has booked two officials of Panchkula Municipal Council for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 18,000 for clearing his pending bill with the civic body. The accused officials, however, escaped the trap laid by the Vigilance Bureau sleuths to catch them red-handed after the information reportedly leaked out.

Bank Robbery
Another accused brought to P’kula
Panchkula, March 20
Claiming to have recovered at least half of the amount looted from the State Bank of Patiala in Sector 15 on February 12, the Panchkula police has brought another accused, Rohit Khasa (23), here on production warrant today.

14-day judicial remand for NCB official
Chandigarh, March 20
Judicial Magistrate Sumit Ghai today took handwriting samples of former superintendent of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Balwinder Singh and remanded him in 14-day judicial custody.

Man arrested for suicide bid
Chandigarh March 20
The police arrested a Sector-39 resident on charges of attempt to commit suicide. According to the police, 40-year-old Ashwani Kumar had allegedly slit his veins with a knife at his sister’s place in Sector 39 on Wednesday.


PTU inter-college athletics meet kicks off
Participants during the 12th Punjab Technical University Inter-college annual athletics meet.Banur, March 20
The 12th Punjab Technical University inter-college annual athletics championship began today on the campus of Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori.
PTU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Rajneesh Arora, declared the meet open by unfurling the university sports flag.

Participants during the 12th Punjab Technical University Inter-college annual athletics meet. Photo: Vicky Gharu 

Adam drubs Vishnu in semis
Chandigarh, March 20
The challenge in the men’s singles ended with Rohan Gajjar and Vishnu Vardhan, who put up a stiff resistance before bowling out in the semifinals during the ongoing $15, 000 ITF Men’s Futures Tournament being played at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Stadium in Sector 10 here today.

Olympians Sushil, Ramesh in Gulzar Gold Cup
Zirakpur, March 20
Olympian Sushil Kumar and world junior champion Ramesh Kumar will be featuring in the forthcoming Gulzar Gold Cup Wrestling Competition to be held on April 4 in NK Sharma Farm House.

Cricket meet from March 29
Chandigarh, March 20
The Chandigarh Sports Club is organising the second edition of the Tirath Singh Memorial League Cricket from March 29. The matches will be played on Sundays.

Bhullar climbs to 2nd slot in SAIL Open
Chandigarh, March 20
Twenty-year-old Gaganjeet Bhullar from Kapurthala made 16 regulations for the third consecutive as he fired a flawless 6 under 66 to occupy the second slot at 19 under 197 on the penultimate day of the USD 3 lakh SAIL Open Asian Tour event on the par-72 greens of the Classic Golf Resort in Gurgaon today.

Women boxing team selected
Chandigarh, March 20
Chandigarh state team, which will be participating in the 3rd Junior Women National Boxing Championship to be held at Madgaon from March 25 to 30, has been selected.


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