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Streets or doorstep, drugs on high in city
Chandigarh, March 23
If you thought procuring addictive drugs (Schedule H) like buprenorphine and pheniramine maleate, the former being a substitute of morphine, which gives a high similar to that of heroin, in the city was difficult, you will be shocked to read on. Believe it or not, these drugs are being peddled openly on the streets of Ram Darbar and Industrial Area and can even be home delivered.


First Person

Agents on a bike talk to a customer

(Clockwise from left) Agents on a bike talk to a customer ; The agents take out drugs from their bag ; The client makes the payment for the delivery ; Buprenorphine and pheniramine maleate injections; The deal is struck. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan






EARLIER STORIES

UT puts brakes on food-serving two-wheelers
Chandigarh, March 23
The State Transport Authority (STA) is all set to tighten the noose on the food joints of the city that are operating their business through two-wheelers. These two-wheelers which include scooters and motorcycles, fitted with “heat entrapping” boxes, are being used illegally for delivering the prepared food at doorsteps. On the instance of the Administrator, Gen SF Rodrigues (retd), the STA today served notices to all food joints of the city to stop commercial activity on two-wheelers instantly.

Kidnap Case
6 Akali leaders acquitted
Chandigarh, March 23
Six leaders of the Akali Dal were here today acquitted on charges of forcibly taking away Akali Dal leader and murder accused Kiranbir Singh Kang from the Punjab Police custody from the PGI in July 2004.

Manbir goes down memory lane
Chandigarh, March 23
From a cheeky young boy whose picture adorns the walls of St. John’s till date, to the Indian Ambassador to Iran, life has come a long way for Manbir Singh. However, one thing that stayed with him throughout were the memories of his alma mater.


Manbir Singh, Indian Ambassador to Iran. A Tribune photograph
Manbir Singh, Indian Ambassador to Iran.



COMMUNITY


Panjab University students take out a candlelight march on the Martyrdom Day of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev in Chandigarh on Monday.
Panjab University students take out a candlelight march on the Martyrdom Day of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev in Chandigarh on Monday. Photo: 
Pradeep Tewari

Disclosing cops’ role biggest folly: Saji
Chandigarh, March 23
The police today said that Saji Mohan, former Zonal Director of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), had admitted during police interrogation that his report about the the nexus of six Chandigarh policemen with drug peddlers was his “biggest folly”.

GMSH-16 ill-equipped to check burn cases
Chandigarh, March 23
The Government Hospital, Sector 16, may be a ‘multi- speciality’ hospital but is ill equipped to handle burn cases. With no specific burn wards, patients with burn injuries are forced to share room with other patients, exposing them to infections, which incidentally is a major case of death in such cases.

Rodrigues inspects IT projects
Chandigarh, March 23
As a part of the monitoring process of world-class integrated infrastructure coming up in the Rajiv Gandhi Technology Park, UT administrator, SF Rodrigues, visited the project today and observed the progress of leading IT companies.

Boy falls in septic tank, dies
Nayagaon, March 23
A six-year-old boy died after being buried under the debris of a septic tank in Gobindnagar, Nayagaon, here today. The boy had slipped into the septic tank and his friend Amit also slipped into it. According to sources, Pradeep Gupta, the resident of Nayagaon, slipped into the septic tank while he was playing with his friend.




Residents show the septic tank where Pradeep fell to death in Nayagaon village on Monday. A Tribune photograph
Residents show the septic tank where Pradeep fell to death in Nayagaon village on Monday.

No exemption from VAT at Student Centre
Chandigarh, March 23
The Chandigarh Administration has rejected the demand of the Panjab University authorities for granting exemption from the VAT at the Student Centre.

A sunbird flies towards his grab atop a tree in Chandigarh.
BIRD’S EYEVIEW: A sunbird flies towards his grab atop a tree in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: 
Kamal Kishore

Ayurvedic college to get notice today
Chandigarh, March 23
The Panjab University authorities are sending a notice to Sri Dhanwanatry Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Sector 46, tomorrow for disaffiliating it as it has been flouting the instructions issued to it for running the college as per norms of the Central Council of Indian Medicine, New Delhi, and the university.

Gurdwara Incident
MC going soft on erring officials
Chandigarh, March 23
The Municipal Corporation seems to be going soft on its officials allegedly as even after nearly two months of the gurdwara incident, the civic body is yet to initiate an inquiry into the role of those officials, who allegedly facilitated him to carry on with his misdoings.

Rehab promise a sham: BJP
Chandigarh, March 23
Senior BJP leaders today condemned the statement of Congress candidate for the Chandigarh seat Pawan Kumar Bansal promising rehabilitation of uprooted residents of Faidan village and regularisation of their dwellings.

Small groups may queer pitch for BJP, Cong
Chandigarh, March 23
In the era of coalitions, the allies and the "like-minded" parties may play spoilsport for Satya Pal Jain (BJP) and Pawan Bansal(Congress).

1st TIMER
Little hope from politicians
Elections are an opportunity provided by our Constitution to elect and send our representatives to respective Assemblies and the Parliament.

Violating norms
SAI works from home
Chandigarh, March 23
Cocking a snook at rules, Sports Authority of India (SAI), is operating its office from a rented house in Sector 45 without seeking the authorisation of the Chandigarh administration for past few days.

The office of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) which operates from a house in Sector 45. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari
The office of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) which operates from a house in Sector 45.

Tax evasion worth Rs 6.37 cr unearthed
Chandigarh, March 23
Income tax officials have detected tax evasion worth Rs 6.37 crore during survey conducted at the business premises of a businessman engaged in the manufacturing of high-tension transmission tower in the industrial area here today under the overall supervision of GS Randhawa, Commissioner of Income Tax (CIT I).

ICICI Lombard fined Rs 25,000
Chandigarh, March 23
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed ICICI Lombard to pay compensation of Rs 25,000 for harassing Sandeep Gupta, proprieter Gupta Watch.

Residents protest demolition
Chandigarh, March 23
The enforcement wing of the UT estate office today had to stall the demolition drive midway at Darua village when residents protested the move.

Train extended
Chandigarh, March 23
The Railways has extended the weekly Dibhrugarh-Chandigarh-Dibhrugarh Express running between the two cities.

Motorcyclist killed
Panchkula, March 23
A youth in his twenties was killed when his Pulsor motor cycle and a Tavera collided head-on here late tonight. The deceased, identified as Mandip Bawa, a resident of Kansal village, was returning from Sector 15 at the time of the accident.

28 cases settled in lok adalat
Chandigarh March 23
A special lok adalat was held for mobile cases by the State Legal Services Authority, Union Territory, Chandigarh.

Jazba in memory of martyrs
Mohali, March 23
To commemorate the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, the SAS Institute of Information Technology and Research organised a cultural programme Jazba - 09 here today. A series of patriotic plays, especially “Mein Bhagat Singh”, followed by patriotic songs “Khoon Di Holi” and “Maa Tujhe Salaam” kept the audience spellbound. Students from nearby colleges, Shaheed Udham Singh College, Tangori, and Baba Ishar Singh College, Moga, also took part in the function and presented patriotic items.

A student performs a play ‘Jazba’ to mark the Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at SAS Institute of Information Technology and Research in Mohali on Monday. A Tribune photograph
A student performs a play ‘Jazba’ to mark the Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh at SAS Institute of Information Technology and Research in Mohali on Monday.

Homage paid to Bhagat Singh
Panchkula, March 23
Punjabi Bhaichara Mahasabha, paid homage to Sardar Bhagat Singh on his Martyrdom Day here today. At a meeting held under the chairmanship of V.K. Sood, at Sood Dharamshala, Sector 10, various sabha members were present.

Zirakpur flyover opens
Zirakpur, March 23
The partially closed Zirakpur flyover was today thrown open for vehicular traffic after the completion of repair work.



EDUCATION

From Schools & Colleges
World Forestry Day observed
Chandigarh, March 23
The department of environment and forests, education department and Yuvsatta organised a ‘Nature Camp’ for around 200 students of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, and Children’s Centre of Yuvsatta in Bapu Dham Colony to mark the World Forestry Day.

In-service course begins
Chandigarh, March 23
A three-day in-service course was inaugurated at Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1, Chandimandir Cantt, to develop competencies and skills related to practical work and experiments conducted in a laboratory.



 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

332 degrees conferred on students
Ropar, March 23
The seventh annual convocation and prize distribution function of Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Bhaddal, was organised here today.

Cardiologists discuss new heart surgery techniques
Ambala, March 22
A two-day annual conference of Haryana chapter of the Cardiological Society of India was concluded here yesterday in which around 200 cardiologists from Haryana and nearby states took part.

Stop construction on Sirhind choe: Seechewal
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 23
Baba Balvir Singh Seechewal today visited Sirhind choe at the backside of Gurdwara Fatehgarh Sahib wherein once there was a natural flow of water in the form of a river.

Cong leader seeks rehabilitation for Kalka shopkeepers
Kalka, March 23
Vijay Bansal, former state Secretary of Congress, has sent a letter to Sonia Gandhi, president of Congress party, and Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Haryana Chief Minister, seeking rehabilitation and compensation for shopkeepers of Kalka.

Hardarshan Singh Mejie honoured
Bassi Pathana, March 23
The Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee of local Guru Nanak Pura in a function today honoured Prof Hardarshan Singh Mejie, president-cum-chairman of the Mehar Baba Charitable Trust for constructing a langer hall in the gurdwara.

Man crushed under train
Bassi Pathana, March 23
A man crossing the railway track near ITI grounds was crushed to death by the speeding goods train this afternoon.

1 killed, another injured in road accident
Bassi Pathana, March 23
One person died on the spot and the other got injured seriously in a car accident last night on the Bassi Pathana-Morinda road.



CRIME

Man dupes car dealer
Chandigarh, March 23
A trickster has taken a Chandigarh-based car dealer for a ride when he decamped with a car on the pretext of taking a test drive.

Bihar resident held for killing daughters
Chandigarh, March 23
The Chandigarh police today arrested a Bihar resident, who was on the run after killing his two minor daughters at his native village a few days ago. According to the in charge of the Mauli Jagran police post, inspector Malkiat Singh, the accused, Rajan Chaudary, killed his two daughters aged two year and seven month, after throwing them into a well on March 17.


Rajan Chaudary, accused of killing his two minor daughters in the custody of police at Mauli Jagran police post in Mani Majra on Monday. A Tribune photograph
Rajan Chaudary, accused of killing his two minor daughters in the custody of police at Mauli Jagran police post in Mani Majra on Monday.

Man held for marrying, looting women
Panchkula, March 23
The police has arrested a conman, who, after marrying the woman, used to flee the house taking away money and jewellery of his wife.

Fake currency racket busted
Chandigarh, March 23
The police today claimed to have busted an inter-state gang involved in fake currency racket in the region for the past over five months.

Robbery: Two more held in Panchkula
Panchkula, March 23
The local police has claimed to have nabbed another accused identified as Pawan Kumar, a resident of Taj Kalan, New Delhi, of bank robbery here today.

Group Clash
Cross FIRs registered
Zirakpur, March 23
The police here today registered cross FIRs against members of the two groups which allegedly clashed with each other at Nagla village in Zirakpur.

Two injured in accident
Chandigarh, March 23
Sucha Singh of Mohali was hit by a car (CH-04-F-0199) driven by TN Goyal of Sector 21, Chandigarh, near Kali Mata Mandir, Sector 30, yesterday. Motor cyclist and pillion rider Bakshinder Kaur got injured and were admitted to PGI. A case under Sections 279/337 of the IPC has been registered in the Industrial Area police station.



SPORTS


Indian amateur stars hone skills at CGA
Chandigarh, March 23
Thirteen-year-old Gurbani Singh from Delhi is going through computer screen showing mistakes she has committed while putting. The Samputt labs is the latest acquisition of the National Golf Academy of India at the CGA Golf Range in Chandigarh which pinpoints accuracy of the player's putt on the small screen.



Coach Jessie Grewal monitors the performance of participants at the CGA Golf Range in Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: 
Pradeep Tewari
Coach Jessie Grewal monitors the performance of participants at the CGA Golf Range in Chandigarh on Monday.

Joti fires hole in one
Chandigarh, March 23
Another city golfer joined the select band of golfers who have score a hole in one. The latest entrant to this club is KD Joti, who fired a hole in one on the par three eighth hole, which is a relatively difficult par three hole.

Handbal
Pooja guides Coaching Centre-42 to win
Chandigarh, March 23
Hosts Coaching Centre Government Model Senior Secondary School-19 got the better of Coaching Centre GMSSS-20 by 17-12 in the men’s section on the inaugural day of the 23rd Sub Junior and 29th Senior Handball Championship here today.

Deepak fashions AEC win
Chandigarh, March 23
Advanced Eye Centre (AEC) got the better of National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE) by nine wickets to win the inaugural cricket match here on PGI cricket ground under the aegis of PGI Cricket Club.

Cricket trials on March 26
Chandigarh, March 23
Free trials for boys’ admission under 14 and under 16 to the KK Cricket academy will be held on March 26 at 2 pm in Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40 B.

 



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