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Rs 5 lakh robbed at gunpoint
Shopkeeper injured; 1 miscreant nabbed
Panchkula, March 28
In a daring act, three persons robbed a shopkeeper of over Rs 5 lakh at gunpoint in broad daylight in the Sector-18 market here today. The shopkeeper, Vinod Jain, however, received serious injuries in the incident. One of the accused was later overpowered by another shopkeeper and handed over to the police.

Sec-49 Housing Scheme
Consumer forum dubs CHB staff incompetent
Chandigarh, March 28
Terming staff of the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) insufficient and incompetent, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked the CHB to pay Rs 12.9 lakh deposited by a complainant, Narinder Singh Yadav, for the allotment of a flat at an interest of 10 per cent per annum if the premises was not handed over to him by March 31.

BSS activists flout poll code, traffic norms
Chandigarh, March 28
Cocking a snook at the orders of the District Magistrate, Chandigarh, activists of the local unit of the Bhartiya Shiv Sena (BSS) today waved swords, carried weapons and flouted traffic norms during their road rally in the city.
Activists of the Bhartiya Shiv Sena wave swords at a rally in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Activists of the Bhartiya Shiv Sena wave swords at a rally in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan


HPCC president’s banner on temple gate raises eyebrows
Panchkula, March 28
The apparent attempt of Mata Mansa Devi Shrine Board to provide a platform to Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Phool Chand Mullana to light lamp during a “Bhagwati jagran” at Mata Mansa Devi Temple during the navratra fair in the midst of ongoing Lok Sabha campaign could land the Congress in trouble.
A banner displayed at the main gate of Mata Mansa Devi Temple, mentioning the visit of HPCC president Phool Chand Mullana.
A banner displayed at the main gate of Mata Mansa Devi Temple, mentioning the visit of HPCC president Phool Chand Mullana. Tribune photo: S Chandan

Saji Mohan Link
Drug lord arrested in city
New Delhi/Chandigarh, March 28
A man wanted for trans-border drug smuggling in Jammu and Kashmir was today arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau in connection with its investigations into arrested IPS officer Saji Mohan's alleged narcotics trade.

Barnala gets Mother Teresa award
Chandigarh, March 28
Tamil Nadu Governor and former Punjab Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala has been selected for the Mother Teresa Lifetime Achievement Award 2009 for his contribution in the field of social work and administration.


Auction cancelled; admn loses revenue worth crores
Chandigarh, March 28
The decision of the Chandigarh administration to hold the auction of residential and commercial sites during the climax of fiscal year has, apparently, has resulted in a backfire mode.

Fire in Colony No 5 leaves 2 injured
Chandigarh, March 28
Around 16 jhuggis were gutted after a fire broke out in Colony No. 5 here today. Though the cause of the fire could not be ascertained, the police ruled out any chance of foul play being involved. The incident happened at around 2:30 pm when most members of 16 families residing there had gone out for routine work.

People try to salvage their belongings after a fire broke out in Colony No. 5, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo:Parvesh Chauhan
People try to salvage their belongings after a fire broke out in Colony No. 5, Chandigarh, on Saturday.

Polling stations to have micro observers
Chandigarh, March 28
To strengthen the observation mechanism during electoral process, the Election Commission has decided to deploy micro observers to work under the control of general observers.

Earth hour evokes poor response
Chandigarh, March 28
Nullifying tall claims of various student organisations and city-based NGO’s of participation in the Earth hour (March 28, 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm), the city remained insensitive to the cause in which 85 countries and 800 cities across the globe were expected to unite to save power.

A fully illuminated hotel during the Earth hour in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph
A fully illuminated hotel during the Earth hour in Chandigarh on Saturday.

Harmilap Nagar
HUDA asks residents to vacate land
Panchkula/Zirakpur, March 28
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has served a seven-day notice on residents of Harmilap Nagar, Baltana, to vacate the land, which is part of Phase-II, Panchkula.

Keen contest for post of bar assn chief
Chandigarh, March 28
The District Bar Association will see tough competition with three candidates contesting for the post of its president. NK Nanda, Ashok Chauhan and Mukesh Mittal are contesting for the said post. The last date for withdrawing the names is Monday.

Seminar on public health
Chandigarh, March 28 A national seminar on public health was organised by the Centre for Emerging Areas in Science and Technology (CEAST), Public Health, Panjab University, Chandigarh, in collaboration with the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi, held today.

Mudgal performance mesmerises audience
Chandigarh, March 28
God could only rain water while the acclaimed classical vocalist Shubha Mudgal rained melody, that too in abundance at the Tagore Theatre, as the first ever weeklong Chandigarh Arts and Heritage Fest got off to a majestic start.

Woman hangs herself to death
Chandigarh, March 28
Mystery shrouds the death of 21-year-old Suman, a resident of Maloya Colony, who allegedly committed suicide here this afternoon.


PU Senate Meeting
Issue of fee concession to weaker sections raised
Chandigarh, March 28
It seems that the Panjab University authorities believe in following the double standards to execute the rules of their own university calendar. In the meeting of the senate held today, the issue why the authorities were not providing concession in fee to the students belonging to weaker section in the self-finance courses when there was a provision in the university rules for this was raised.

425 awarded degrees
Chandigarh, March 28
Government College, Sector 46, organised its 24th Annual Convocation today. As many as 425 graduates received their degrees on the occasion. In all, 35 students received their degrees for BA (Honours), 221 for BA, 42 for B Com (Honours), 99 for B Com, 28 for BCA. 21 students were given postgraduate degrees in M Com.

Students attend a convocation in Chandigarh on Saturday. A Tribune photograph 
Students attend a convocation in Chandigarh on Saturday.


Two attempt self-immolation
Patiala, March 28
A volatile situation arose at the Kali Mata temple here when two persons tried to commit self-immolation today.
Huge crowds had thronged the temple on the second day of the Navratras when the incident took place. The news spread like wildfire in the Hindu dominated areas particularly Arya Samaj, Jhauria Bhatian, Lahori gate, Sheranwala gate, where the temple is situated.

Ramesh Kumar Pappu sets himself on fire at Kali Mata temple in Patiala on Saturday. A Tribune photograph
Ramesh Kumar Pappu sets himself on fire at Kali Mata temple in Patiala on Saturday.

Pay Commission
Frustration prevails among ex-servicemen
Patiala, March 28
Every Central Pay Commission has increased the gap between new and old retired defence pensioners and as a result before 2006, the Personal Below Officers Rank (PBOR) up to the rank of Havaldar and equivalent in other services, have been placed in basic pension of Rs 3,500 which is given to Class IV civilian pensioner.

500 bank officials stage protest
Patiala, March 28
On the call given by the Associate Bank Officers’ Association, about 500 officials of the associate banks protested in front of the State Bank of Patiala head office at the Mall, here today.

Financial crisis affects campus placements
Kharar, March 28
Global financial meltdown has affected campus placements all over the country. The only silver-lining of cloud is that students are now turning towards entrepreneurship-based ventures. Dr SC Saxena, director, IIT, Roorkee, said this while talking to The Tribune today.

700 students given degrees
Kharar, March 28
Around 700 students of Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, were awarded degrees during the annual convocation held on the campus today. The IIT, Roorkee, director, Dr SC Saxena was the chief guest who distributed degrees to the students, while Dr KN Pathak, former Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the guest of honour.

Schools & Colleges
Tech-fest 2009 at Sukhmani institute
Dera Bassi, March 28
The annual Tech-fest 2009 was organised at Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology. Students participated in various activities like quiz, hobby exhibition, debate, face painting, poster making, rangoli, on-line gaming, salad making, robo soccor, extempore, flower decoration, paper presentation, group discussion, etc.

1,576 cases settled in lok adalat
Patiala, March 28
A quarterly Lok Adalat was held in the District Courts complex, Patiala, and also at Rajpura, Nabha and Samana under the supervision of Inderjit Singh Walia, District and Sessions Judge, Patiala.

Man booked for fraud
Dera Bassi, March 28
The local police today booked one person in a fraud case on the complaint of Bhag Singh, a resident of Jawaharpur village.

Drug peddler held
Bassi Pathana, March 28
The narcotic cell today arrested a drug peddler, identified as Rajinder Singh alias Micky, a resident of Bassi Pathana, and recovered intoxicant from him.


Victim’s application declined in rape case
Chandigarh, March 28
Additional District and Sessions Judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi today declined the application filed by Renuka (name changed), who had sought for making parents of her boyfriend, Abhishek Verma, as accused.

Dabwali panel staff gets another month
Chandigarh, March 28
The Bench of Chief Justice Tirath Singh and Justice Hemant Gupta gave a month’s time to the staff of one-man commission of inquiry looking into the quantum of compensation to Dabwali tragedy victims and their families.

Man gets 4-yr jail for abetting suicide
Panchkula, March 28
District and Sessions Judge SP Singh has awarded four-year imprisonment to Vinay Partap Singh, a Morni resident, under Section 306 (Abetment of suicide) of the IPC. The court has also slapped Rs 3,000 as fine on the accused.


Not a single girl turns up for cricket trials
Chandigarh, March 28
The Chandigarh Cricket Association had a bizarre experience today as not even a single girl turned up for the trials of the Chandigarh girls cricket team here at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 19.

AIFF appoints Bakshi match commissioner
Chandigarh, March 28
Chandigarh Football Association secretary Rakesh Bakshi of AG Haryana, has been appointed match commissioner of I League 2nd Division to be played at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium from March 31 to April 18. Bakshi has been directed to report to Haryana Football Association secretary Sunil Bhardwaj on March 30.

Satinder bags Punjab Kesari title
Mohali, March 28
Satinder Singh claimed the Punjab Kesari title after beating Jaspal Singh during the first Punjab Kesari Wrestling Championship, being organised by the Mohali Wrestling Welfare Club on Dushera ground here.
Jagmeet Singh defeated Dharinder Singh to annex the Shan-e-Punjab title.

Grapplers in action during first Punjab Kesari Wrestling Championship at Dushera ground in Mohali on Saturday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu
Grapplers in action during first Punjab Kesari Wrestling Championship at Dushera ground in Mohali on Saturday.


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