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Over 70,000 hooked to drugs in city: Study
Chandigarh, March 26
The recent expose by The Tribune on the open sale of Scheduled-H drugs in the Ramdarbar area seems to be just the tip of the iceberg, as over 70,000 people between the age group of 15-24 in the city have some or other kind of addiction.

IDBI manager gets 1-yr jail
Chandigarh, March 26
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the manager of IDBI Bank to undergo an imprisonment of one year for not complying with the orders pronounced by the forum.

Delay in Payments
GMADA notices to defaulting promoters
Mohali, March 26
With promoters of mega housing projects in Chandigarh’s periphery defaulting on payment of external development charges (EDC), hundreds of investors and the end-users are in tizzy. They apprehend that the delay in the payments by the promoters could land the projects in trouble.

Extra floor in buildings
Jain's statement kicks up row
Chandigarh, March 26
The statement of allowing one extra floor in the city by BJP candidate candidate from Chandigarh Satya Pal Jain has kicked up a row in local political circles, with his Congress and BSP opponents dubbing the move as “nothing but a farce aimed at destroying the basic character of the city".



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COMMUNITY

Satire on social evils
Chandigarh, March 26
Entertain unlimited, punches and peels of laughter was what the relished at the Tagore theatre as the Rajasthan Parishad celebrated its 60 years of existence and in service of the community.

Mansa Devi temple decked up on the eve of the first Navratra in Panchkula on Thursday.
Mansa Devi temple decked up on the eve of the first Navratra in Panchkula on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Pay more for wrong parking
Chandigarh, March 26
Motorists leaving their vehicles at unauthorised places, get ready to pay more, as on the recommendations of the Chandigarh police, the UT Administration has enhanced the towing charges for wrong parking in the city.

Illegal structures razed
Chandigarh, March 26
A demolition drive was carried out on Tuesday in the south sub-division to remove illegal and unauthorised construction that had come up recently.

Book on AIDS orphans released
Haryana Governor AR Kidwai releases ‘Aakhri Adhyaay’ written by KL Zakir in Chandigarh on Thursday.Chandigarh, March 26
“Aakhri Adhyaay”, the latest fiction penned by celebrated urdu writer KL Zakir was released by the Haryana Governor, AR Kidwai, here today. The book credits itself to be the first fiction on the AIDS orphans in the entire subcontinent and also exhibits the unexplored humane aspect of the inheritance of this disease.

Haryana Governor AR Kidwai releases ‘Aakhri Adhyaay’ written by KL Zakir in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

Income tax raids on 3 premises
Chandigarh, March 26
As a part of the nationwide survey operations, the income tax (IT) department surveyed few leading business premises here today. The surveys are being conducted to unearth tax evasion under the supervision of the Income Tax Commissioner (CITI).

17.51 pc growth in IT collection
Chandigarh, March 26
The income tax collection from the north-west region, comprising Punjab, HP, J&K, Haryana and Chandigarh, has registered a 17.51 per cent growth during this year as compared to the corresponding period during last year.

1 Timer  
No hope from politicians

We do not have a choice as far as choosing a representative in elections is concerned because eventually we have to vote for one candidate or the other even though all candidates in the fray are not up to the mark.

Attack on labour dept staff
Commissioner seeks probe from P’kula DC
Panchkula, March 26
Irked over the manner in which the local police acted and avoided to register a case against the accused, who allegedly attacked staff of labour department on Monday, the Haryana Labour Commissioner, in a communiqué to Panchkula Deputy Commissioner has asked to intervene the matter.

Non-branded foreign food items
Health department to act tough
Mohali , March 26
The health department will be filing a case against distributors and retailers for supplying and selling ‘non-branded’ foreign food items in violation of the norms.

MP Avinash Rai Khanna shares a light moment with a child suffering from heart disease. MP saves kids with heart problem
Mohali, March 26
Innocent smile on the angel face of six-year-old Twinkle was hard to miss. Little did she know that it was a second life for her, thanks to donations arranged by Hoshiarpur MP Avinash Rai Khanna.



MP Avinash Rai Khanna shares a light moment with a child suffering from heart disease. A Tribune photograph

Ban on watering of lawns from April 1
Mohali, March 26
The water supply and sanitation wing of the department of public health has imposed a ban on watering of lawns during morning and evening supply hours from April 1, in order to meet the shortage of water in the coming months.

Consumer Forum
Mobile company asked to pay Rs 15,000
Chandigarh, March 26
Holding the India Times Shopping and Times Internet guilty of deficiency in services, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the company to pay a compensation of Rs 15,000 to a resident of Panchkula.

Mahindra Holidays told to pay Rs 44, 283
Chandigarh, March 26
The Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India to refund Rs 44,823 to Narinder Jit Singh Bagga, a resident of Sector 40, for inefficient service. The forum has directed the company to cancel his membership of the complainant also.

EDUCATION

DAV school exam results
Chandigarh, March 26
Pallavi Sharma, a student of Chaman Lal DAV Senior Public School, Sector 1, Panchkula topped the Class VIII, All-India DAV Board exams in tricity, the results for which were declared this evening. 

Convocation at GCG-11
Chandigarh, March 26
The 52nd annual convocation of the Government College for Girls, Sector 11, was held here today. Padma Bhushan Dr BN Goswamy was the chief guest on the occasion.

Changed paper pattern shocks students
Chandigarh, March 26
The CBSE Class XII physical education question paper came as a shock to the city students. Claiming the paper to be designed on an unexpected pattern, the students complained to have been left with ‘no choice’.

Navjyoti bags gold
Chandigarh, March 26
Navjyoti of the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management (CIHM) has been awarded National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology’s gold medal, certificate of excellence and cash award of Rs 5,000 for securing all-India first position in house keeping operation for the year 2007-08. The award was presented by Sujit Banerjee, IAS, secretary, Ministry of Tourism, at New Delhi, according to a press note released here today. —TNS


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Chemist shops raided
Intoxicants worth Rs 50,000 seized
Kharar, March 26
Close on the heels of Chandigarh authorities, a team of drug inspectors raided six chemist shops in Mohali, Kharar and Kurali today. The team seized intoxicants worth  Rs 50,000.

COURTS

Man convicted of cheating
Chandigarh, March 26
PS Jhandu, who claimed to be director of a government employment project, Shiksha Sewa Sabhyachar Yojana, was today convicted of cheating by the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class Balwant Singh after a trial of 12 years. The quantum on the sentence will be pronounced on March 27.

CRIME

Book on AIDS orphans released
Chandigarh, March 26
“Aakhri Adhyaay”, the latest fiction penned by celebrated urdu writer KL Zakir was released by the Haryana Governor, AR Kidwai, here today. The book credits itself to be the first fiction on the AIDS orphans in the entire subcontinent and also exhibits the unexplored humane aspect of the inheritance of this disease.

12-yr-old held for sodomy
Chandigarh, March 26
The police today arrested a 12-year-old boy for allegedly sodomising a five-year-old boy in New Colony in Khuda Lahora village here this afternoon.

Crime
Scooter, motorcycle stolen
Chandigarh, March 26
A scooter and a motorcycle were stolen from the city in last 48 hours. Dheeraj Garg of Sector 18, Panchkula, reported that some one had stolen his Bajaj Chetak scooter (CH-03-P-2835) from parking in front of Hotel Solitaire, Mani Majra, on Wednesday.

Boy kidnapped, beaten up
Chandigarh, March 26
In a shocking incident, a group of school students took law in their hands today to settle an old enmity with one of their peers. A Class XII student was allegedly ‘bundled’ into the car and thrashed for around one hour before being dumped near a temple in Sector 19. 

Son kills PAU professor
Panchkula, March 26
It was frustration of not fulfilling the aspirations of young Simran, who was watching his mother and sister toiling to meet their expenses that might have compelled him to commit the heinous crime of killing his father at Ludhiana today.

SPORTS

Cricket assn encroaches public land
Cricket nets and the retiring room on public land in Phase IX being used by the Mohali Cricket Association to give paid coaching to players.Mohali, March 26
The brazen encroachment of eight-acres of public land in Phase IX by the Mohali Cricket Association (MCA) has bowled the residents out of a lush green belt.
The land owned by the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has been used as cricket playground and net practice area for players of the association for over a decade reportedly with the active connivance of PUDA officials.

Cricket nets and the retiring room on public land in Phase IX being used by the Mohali Cricket Association to give paid coaching to players. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Prabhsimran guides APJ academy to win
Chandigarh, March 26
With unbeaten 47 runs, Prabhsimran ensured the victory of APJ Cricket Academy, Kharar, over hosts MCM Blue Caps by 8 wickets in the first league match of the u-13 Saupin’s Gold Cup Cricket Tournament at MCM DAV College, here today.

Handball body holds tourney against admn directives
Chandigarh, March 26
The UT administration’s directives to stop students’ participation in events during exams have proved to be a publicity stunt, with the involvement of school students in the handball matches.

 



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