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Drugs in City
Second suspect booked under NDPS Act
Chandigarh, March 27
In a damage-control exercise, the Chandigarh Police finally got its act together and booked the other suspect, Dharminder, of Ram Darbar, under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. He along with one Prem Pal of the locality was captured on camera while selling a Schedule-H drug by The Tribune team on Monday.

Discrepancies alleged in ‘Aashreya’ admission
Name game of Governors on foundation stone
Chandigarh, March 27
Adding to the controversies surrounding the newly launched project, ‘Aashreya’, of the UT Administration and Government Medial College and Hospital, Sector-32, it has been found that rules were flouted in giving admission to ‘orphaned mentally-challenged’ persons. Such is the claim of the parents of those who have been denied admission in this permanent home in Sector 47.

RBI manager held guilty
Misbehaviour with German national
Chandigarh, March 27
Suresh Kumar Sharma, deputy manager, Reserve Bank of India, was today held guilty for misbehaving with a German national after a decade-long trial. Judicial Magistrate First Class Mahesh Kumar today convicted SK Sharma and imposed a fine of Rs 4,000 on him for using words intending to insult the modesty of the woman.


A RUN FOR COVER: Shoppers seek shelter from rain in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: S. Chandan

Sharp rise in juvenile crime
Chandigarh, March 27
Rise in the incidence of brawls in the city involving schoolchildren reveals a disturbing trend of pupils opting for violence for settling scores and rivalries.

Eviction notice against Cong leader upheld
Chandigarh, March 27
Upholding the eviction proceedings initiated by a lower court, the Sessions Court has directed president of the Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee, B.B. Behl, to vacate the portion of the Hotel President that was on rent within three months of the pronouncement of orders.


Vote us to power, own a dream home, say leaders
Chandigarh, March 27
Following the BJP’s notion of allowing additional storey in residents, “Dream to have house in Chandigarh," this though unbelievable could find the top place in the political parties programme list for the day.

EC issues guidelines on loudspeakers
Chandigarh, March 26
The Election Commission of India has issued instructions regarding the use of loudspeakers by the political parties, candidates and their supporters for the electioneering campaigns, UT Administration spokesperson said here today.

Youth should come forward
Shivani With the Lok Sabha election round the corner, I seize this opportunity to call upon my young friends to prepare to shoulder the great responsibilities in the time to come. Youth wields unbridled power to change the destiny of a nation - this saying is so apt in the present times. India today stands robbed of all its riches with our politicians, the so-called vanguards of the country, throwing the age-old glorious traditions of this nation.

Artistes enacts a play against female foeticide in Sector 17 in Chandigarh, on Friday. 
A Tribune photograph

No de-addiction centre in town
Mohali, March 27
Despite drug addiction rising among the youth in Mohali and surrounding areas, the health department has failed to set up a drug de-addiction centre in the town, thanks to the indifferent attitude of the authorities concerned.

‘Indian spy’ in Pak jail
Expedite deportation after completion of sentence, says court
Chandigarh, March 27
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear it wants the Union of India to ensure “no stone is left unturned” to expedite the deportation of an “Indian spy” after completion of 25-year sentence awarded by a Pakistani court.

AWWA Status
Issues may be raised before HC
Chandigarh, March 27
While the Central Information Commission (CIC) has held that the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) is not a public authority and hence does not come under the purview of the Right to Information Act, it source of funds continue to be questioned.

Bags, pillion riders replace delivery boxes
Chandigarh, March 27
With the UT administration banning the use of two-wheelers for commercial activity, city’s fast food chains are resorting to new methods to keep their delivery business running. While hoping for an exemption from the administration, they have been forced to incorporate improvised ways to meet the demands of the customers.

A delivery boy with a bag on the vehicle. Photo: Parvesh Chauhan

New lease of life for 70-yr-old
Chandigarh, March 26
Seventy-year-old, Ahmed, a resident of Srinagar, had been living in a hell for the past eight years. His 6’x3’ cot had virtually become his world as he continued to stare the ceiling of his bedroom for years.

Poll Code
Cleaning of underground water tanks stopped
Mohali, March 27
The work of cleaning underground water storage tanks in Sectors 57 and 64 and providing a chlorinator at the underground tank in Sector 71 has been kept on hold by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) because of the implementation of the code of conduct in connection with the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Misusing premises, get ready to be penalised
Chandigarh, March 27
Wielding a stick on those who are on the wrong side of the law by “misusing” their premises, the Chandigarh administration is all set to impose heavy penalty on them.

60,000 devotees throng Mansa Devi
Panchkula, March 27
At least 60,000 devotees had visited the Mata Mansa Devi temple on the first day of Navaratra fair that began here today. The fair is to continue till April 3.

Rise in motor vehicle thefts worries cops
Chandigarh, March 27
Even as the crime graph in the city has declined by over 20 percent in the first quarter of the year against the corresponding period in 2008, the reports of motor vehicle thefts continue to give sleepless nights to the police.

“Bagaane Bohad di Chhaan” staged
Chandigarh, March 27
As a part of the three-day festival to commemorate the World Theatre Day by the Punjab Sangeet Natak Akademy and the Punjab Arts Council, a Punjabi play “Bagaane Bohad Di Chhaan” was staged at the Randhawa auditorium yesterday. Written by Prof Ajmer Aulkah, the play was directed by Pritam Rupal, akademy secretary.

Trade union protests against police
Chandigarh, March 27
Members of the New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI) yesterday staged a protest in Sector 17 against the highhandedness of the city police. The protesters alleged that the police had brutally assaulted their leaders and activists during a peaceful protest on March 24.

PU Brief
UBS releases provisional list
Chandigarh, March 27
University Business School has released the provisional list of candidates to be called for group discussion and personal interview for admission to MBA programmes for the session 2009-2010. The list can be seen on the notice board of the department and also on the website: <http://ubs.puchd.ac.in/>,according to Dr Dinesh K Gupta, Professor and Chairman, University Business School.

Enforcement staff to get uniform
Chandigarh, March 27
The enforcement committee of the local municipal corporation met under the chairmanship of MPS Chawla today. It was decided in the meeting that members of the enforcements staff would wear uniform as was specified in the previous meeting. The orders in this regard were passed today.

Services of teacher terminated
Chandigarh, March 27
The services of Narinder, a guest teacher at Government Middle School, Indira Colony, have been terminated for allegedly bashing up another contractual teacher Sujit Yadav a few days ago.


From Schools & Colleges
PEC to celebrate “Earth Hour”
Chandigarh, March 27
The PEC will celebrate “Earth Hour”, a global event that urges everyone to turn off lights from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm on March 28. The event began with a signature campaign with Dr ML Gupta, DSW, and TK Jindal, officer incharge of the Envirovision Club and other faculty members flagging off the event.

Admn officials inspect two schools
Chandigarh, March 27
A team of officials from the Education Department, STA, Fire and the estate office inspected two schools, Mount Carmel and Kundan International, today.


Rain damages ripe wheat crop
Fatehgarh Sahib/Rajpura
Ripe wheat crop in various villages of Fatehgarh Sahib and Rajpura were damaged today due to incessant rain since afternoon. “The rain has proved unfortunate for us as our wheat crop was ripe for the past few days. Besides loosing yield in quintals per acre, the crop will also loose its shine and farmers would not be able to fetch a good price for their crop,” said Iqbal Singh a farmer from Neelpur village in Rajpura.

MC claims rendered hollow as rain floods city
Patiala, March 27
Heavy rain flooded almost all parts of the city today even as the tall claims dished out by the Patiala Municipal Corporation that there would be no floods here were rendered completely hollow.

Punjabi university Games
Manpreet clinches ‘shtapoo’ title
Patiala, March 27
Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, announced the holding of Punjabi folk games festival every year. He was speaking on the occasion of Punjabi folk games festival, organised by the directorate of youth festival on the university campus here yesterday. He also gave away prizes to the winners. The games included shtapoo, geete and rassi tapna for girls and loon miyani, pithu and rassa kasi for boys.

Seminar on advances in instrumentation
Ropar, March 27
A seminar on advances in instrumentation was conducted by the department of electronics and instrumentation engineering at IET Bhaddal. Chief Guest Dr Rameshwar Jha from NIT Jalandhar talked about the latest advancements in field of sensors. He explained architecture of smart sensors, their importance and adoption. He said the biggest advances in automation, medical services and security systems had been possible with the development of smart sensors.

Awareness drive on “Earth Hour”
Banur, March 27
A large number of students of Aryans Business School (ABS) today conducted a drive to create awareness of the “Earth Hour” among the masses. In the process, people of several neighbouring villages such as Nepra, Thuha and Alampur were made aware of the significance of the Earth Hour to reduce the effect of global warming on Earth.

One booked for fraud
Dera Bassi, March 27
The local police today booked one person in a fraud case on the complaint of Surjit Kaur, a resident of Lalru and now living in Zirakpur.

Names missing in voters list
Kalka, March 27
Due to the negligence while formulating the voter lists, thousands of voters of the town and Pinjore municipal committee have got no place in voter lists. The official sources said the names were missing in the voter lists for the forthcoming Lok Sabaha electoions due to some major technical fault or discrepancies in the survey conducted by the district administration. The voters have great resentment over this.


Man gets life term for murder
Panchkula, March 27
District and Sessions Judge SP Singh awarded life imprisonment to Lakhan Singh, a resident of Kharak Mangoli, for killing a man suspecting him as the paramour of his wife. The wife of Lakhan was also injured seriously in the attack. A fine of Rs 5,000 was also slapped on the accused.


Man injured in accident
Chandigarh, March 27
Vikaram Jit Singh of Datta village in Hoshiarpur district, who was riding a scooter, was hit by an unknown Indica car near press light point on Wednesday night. The driver of the car sped away.

Man booked for assault
Mohali, March 27
The local police today registered a case of assault on the complaint of Vikas Lakhanpal, a resident of Mohali, against Ricky, his two brothers and other accomplices, all residents of the town.


Rabiya lifts Grewal Salver Trophy
Chandigarh, March 27
Rabiya Gill (17) clinched the Grewal Salver Trophy firing a nine over 81 on the final day to finish at 248 in the Chandigarh Ladies Amateur Golf Championship that concluded on the par-72 greens of the Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

The winners are all smiles as they pose with their trophies at the conclusion of the Chandigarh Ladies Amateur Golf Championship at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Friday. A Tribune photograph

AK Duggal claims gold in singles
Chandigarh, March 27
AK Duggal of Chandigarh claimed a gold medal in the men’s singles badminton championship during the 5th Inter-NITTTR Sports Meet that concluded on its campus here yesterday. Utpal Chakraborty of Kolkata and M Muthu of Chennai bagged the second and third position, respectively.

A superwalker at 77
Got bronze in 5 km walk at athletics meet in Hisar

Chandigarh, March 26
At the ripe age of 77, when most people put their feet up and struggle to keep good health, this veteran athlete, Gian Singh Virdi, has bagged a bronze medal in 5 km walk during the recently concluded Masters’ National Athletics Championship held at Hisar. “I was really overwhelmed by my achievement because I had to remain out of the track due to medical advice for over one year,” said the superwalker. It was in April, 1996, at the National Veterans’ Athletics Championship, held at Mysore, that Gian Singh got the breakthrough by winning a gold medal in the 5 km walk (60-64 years).

Gian Singh Virdi with his medals. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Gold Cup Cricket
Ashish leads APJ to victory
Chandigarh, March 27
A rich haul of Ashish (5/18) helped APJ Cricket Academy, Kharar, to drub Green Field Cricket Academy, Mohali, by 63 runs in a league match of the first under-13 Saupin’s Gold Cup Cricket Tournament underway at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, here today.

A batsman of APJ Cricket Academy plays a shot during their cricket match against Green Field Cricket Academy at MCM DAV College in Sector 36, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Jeev tied 41st
Chandigarh, March 27
Fresh from his fourth-spot finish in the World Golf Championships at Doral, Jeev Milkha Singh began his campaign on the USPGA Tour with tied 41st first round start in the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the par-70 greens of Bay Hill in Orlando yesterday.


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