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Tearful adieu to Kanwaljit
Chandigarh, March 30
Hundreds of people were part of the procession that carried the body of Capt Kanwaljit Singh to the cremation ground at Sector 25, Chandigarh Emotions poured out on the road, with a large number of people from all walks of life attending the last journey of Captain Kanwaljit Singh here today.
Hundreds of people were part of the procession that carried the body of Capt Kanwaljit Singh to the cremation ground at Sector 25, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik



EARLIER STORIES

CLOCKWISE: 
1. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal pays floral tributes to the late Akali leader 2. MP Preneet Kaur visits the family of Capt Kanwaljit Singh 3. People converge at the Sector-25 cremation ground to pay last tributes 4. Jawans of Punjab Armed Police fire a volley of gunshots as a mark of respect 5. Jasjit Singh Bunny lights the pyre of his father. Tribune photos: Manoj Mahajan and Vinay Malik

Poll Freebie?
Cops go soft on traffic violators

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 30
The number of erring drivers being challaned has registered a sharp reduction. The number of challans has come down from 40 per day to less than five.

Bansal too on IT bandwagon
Chandigarh, March 30
Congress candidate Pawan Bansal has finally woken up to the need of harnessing information technology for his election campaign. In a bid to connect better with voters, specially the generation next, Bansal today launched his website, www.pawanbansalforchd.com --- an effort viewed as a last-ditch effort to blunt the hi-tech campaign of his rival BJP candidate Satya Pal Jain who already has a website and a blog.

... And liquor flows out of UT
Rajpura, March 30
With the election scene hotting up, smuggling of liquor from Chandigarh to various states has gone up. Boozers are having a field day as political parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo voters.

Accused in assault case untraceable
Panchkula, March 30
While the police continues to dilly-dally with investigation into the alleged confinement and thrashing of businessman Bhupinder at a house in Sector 21 here on Tuesday last on the pretext that the house number provided by the victim was incorrect, The Tribune team has managed to locate the house.

Xenon lights have Admn dazed
Chandigarh, March 30
The traffic police has urged the Union Ministry of Surface Transport and Highways to make amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act to ban xenon lights in vehicles.



COMMUNITY

City Scope Letters
Encroachments go unchecked

This is with reference to the article “This endless land-grabbing mania” published in Chandigarh Tribune dated March 23 written by Raveen Thukral. It is surprising that Chandigarh administration is not able to handle the encroachment when there is no political hindrance, as compared to states. Religious place too don’t need any leniency on encroachments and must be handled like others. Chandigarh is known for beautiful planned city in India as well as abroad and its eccentricity must be maintained at all cost.

Sons e-campaign for fathers
Chandigarh, March 30
While three candidates for the only Lok Sabha seat here may not be facing each other for the first time, yet this election can boast of various firsts, like the young sons of three fathers. Manish, son of Pawan Kumar Bansal, Dheeraj Jain, son of Satya Pal Jain, and Bikram, son of Harmohan Dhawan, are nowadays busy wooing voters through the internet and are leading their fathers’ e-campaigns.

With mercury soaring, leaves change colours and spread their own warmth in Sector 11, Chandigarh
SCARLET HUES: With mercury soaring, leaves change colours and spread their own warmth in Sector 11, Chandigarh on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Round-up
Jain offers ownership rights to GPA holders

Chandigarh, March 30
Close on the heels of promise of extra floors on residential and commercial buildings, BJP candidate Satya Pal Jain today promised that if voted to power at the Centre, the NDA government would ensure ownership rights to those who have purchased property on general power of attorney (GPA).

DBA Polls
2 contenders make way for Mittal

Chandigarh, March 30
After last year’s high-voltage drama during elections to the District Bar Association (DBA) at the district courts, the elections this year seem to be more subdued. Perhaps for the first time in the history DBA elections, two contenders for the post of president have withdrawn their candidature with an intention to let their third opponent win unanimously.

Monitoring panel set up
Chandigarh, March 30 The Chandigarh administration has constituted a monitoring committee for coordination with the Election Commission of India, the UT chief electoral officer and the Cabinet Secretariat, an official spokesperson of the administration said. The committee would also sort out outstanding issues and expedite clearances for various schemes. 

TIMER
Vote for change

 — Dinesh Chauhan The main target of any party or candidate should be issues concerning the common man. Their problems should be solved with a positive outlook and discrimination on the basis of caste, religion and creed should be done away with. No one bothers to look at the basic amenities being provided to people living in slums. Politicians don’t take the initiative to bring forth issue of national integration. We should vote for change now. Development works should be on top priority.
 — Dinesh Chauhan

Irregularities in Pancham Society
Deputy registrar accused of delaying probe

Mohali, March 30
The deputy registrar, Ropar, and assistant registrar, Mohali, have been accused of dilly-dallying the inquiry into the serious wrongdoings by the managing committee of the Puncham Cooperative House Building Society, Sector 68 here.

Kandahar hijacking convict claims implication
Chandigarh, March 30
The CBI wants death sentence for Abdul Latif, but the convict in the Kandahar hijacking case says he has been implicated because he is a “religious person”

Scribes must have positive outlook: Sobti
Chandigarh, March 30
Prof BK Kuthiala, director, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Technology, Kurukshetra University, delivers the keynote address at a seminar on issues of media at Panjab University, Chandigarh Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof RC Sobti today accused the media of indulging in too much of “negativism” and urged journalists to have a positive outlook.


Prof BK Kuthiala, director, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Technology, Kurukshetra University, delivers the keynote address at a seminar on issues of media at Panjab University, Chandigarh, on Monday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Lt-Cols’ pay hike stuck with finance ministry
Chandigarh, March 30
Even though political activity has largely relegated issues related to the armed forces personnel on the backburner, some matters pertaining to anomalies in the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations continue to be on the government’s agenda.

Pollution Act being defied: Seechewal
Chandigarh, March 30
To create awareness among masses about natural water resources getting polluted by dirty influx of towns, villages and factory wastes, renowned environmentalist Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal today held a brief at Rajasthan Bhavan, Sector 33, here.

Kanwaljit’s driver still critical
Chandigarh, March 30
The driver of the car in which Capt Kanwaljit Singh met with fatal accident is still struggling for life at the PGI. Doctors attending on him said the condition of 21-year-old Parminder Singh was still critical.

Shopkeepers condole Captain’s death
Shops close their shops as a mark of respect to Captain Kanwaljit Singh at Zirakpurohali/Zirakpur, March 30
From observing a two-minute silence to closing the business establishments, residents of Mohali, Zirakpur, Dera Bassi and Lalru expressed their solidarity with the family of Punjab Cooperation Minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh who was killed in a road accident at Kharar yesterday.


Shops close their shops as a mark of respect to Captain Kanwaljit Singh at Zirakpur on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Bank Heist
Police yet to recover booty

Panchkula, March 30
The two accused of PC Jeweller heist Pawan Saini and Amit Yadav were handed over to the Rohtak police on production warrant after their police remand ended here today. However, after the interrogation of the accused the police could not recover the jewellery looted from the shop on January 27 by the robbers.

EDUCATION

PEC in soup again
Accounts not audited for three years

Chandigarh, March 30
Punjab Engineering College (PEC) has run into troubled waters once again for allegedly not getting its accounts audited for past three years.

Justice Hemant Gupta discusses laws pertaining to ragging at the Rotary Club in Chandigarh Panel discusses ragging woes
Chandigarh, March 30
The Rotary Club, Sector 18, organised a panel discussion on the problem of ragging in educational institutions. Justice Hemant Gupta who was the chief speaker opined ragging to be a social problem rather than legal.




Justice Hemant Gupta discusses laws pertaining to ragging at the Rotary Club in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

PG course in healthcare mgmt announced
Chandigarh, March 30
Chitkara University announced a tie-up with Fortis Healthcare for medical education at a press conference here today. The two have joined hands to commence a postgraduate management degree programme in the healthcare management.

From Schools & Colleges
Capt’s death irreparable loss to Punjab: VC

Chandigarh, March 30
The Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, RC Sobti, condoled the death of state’s cooperation minister Kanwaljit Singh, who died in an accident near Kharar yesterday.

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

UK envoy to lay stone of tourism institute
Bassi Pathana, March 30 His Excellency, Sir Richard Stagg, High Commissioner of United Kingdom in India will lay the foundation stone of Cordia Hospitality and Tourism Management Institute on April 1 at Sanghol Educational Complex, Sanghol.

Dearth of IT centres irks assessees 
Bassi Pathana, March 30
The income tax assessees of the town have been facing great difficulty in depositing income tax and other direct taxes since a long time, as none of the commercial banks in the town has been authorised to accept the taxes.

7 pilgrims injured in accident
Bassi Pathana, March 30 Around seven devotees were injured in an accident near Usha Mata temple on the Bassi-Morinda road here today. The devotees were on their way from Una in Himachal Pradesh when their jeep collided with an oil tanker.

Preneet visits injured at PGI
Patiala, March 30
Patiala Member Parliament Preneet Kaur today met Ramesh Kumar Pappu and Vinod Kumar, both of whom tried to commit self-immolation in the Kali Devi temple on last Saturday, at the PGI, Chandigarh.

PSEB clinch cricket title
Patiala, March 30
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) beat Reliance energy by 96 runs to annex the title in the 31st All- India Electricity Sports Control Boards cricket tournament that concluded at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium here today.

Wooing voters in name of God
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 30
When it comes to politics and religion, all parties think alike. Religious places in the district have suddenly become the epicentre of political activities. Every candidate makes sure to visit religious places before campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections.

COURTS

2-yr jail for Orbit Apartments director
Chandigarh, March 30
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has sentenced director of Orbit Apartments Parshotam Singh Grewal to two-year imprisonment for not complying with the orders of the forum.

CRIME

Five armed youths decamp with cash, jewellery 
Baltana, March 30
Five unidentified armed youths robbed jewellery and cash from a Baltana-based family at a gunpoint here late this evening. At the time of the incident only women members of the family, along with children, were at home in Saini Vihar, Phase-III, Baltana.

3 students stab mate
Chandigarh, March 30
Three school students allegedly stabbed one of their mates outside Government High School, Sector 38, here this afternoon.

SPORTS

Dr SS Deol, principal of GHG Khalsa College, protests and returns the trophy, which was awarded to the college earlier in Chandigarh PU ‘denies’ football trophy to GHG College
Chandigarh, March 30
Panjab University’s annual sports prize distribution function was marred today when GHG Khalsa College, Guru Sadhar, protested against the university for not giving it football A-division winning trophy.





Dr SS Deol, principal of GHG Khalsa College, protests and returns the trophy, which was awarded to the college earlier in Chandigarh on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Jeev tied 27th in US PGA event
Chandigarh, March 30
Jeev Milkha Singh managed a one over par 71 to finish tied 27th in the Arnold Palmer Invitational US PGA Tour on the par-70 Bay Hill Club greens at Orlando in Florida yesterday.

MCM wins shield again
Chandigarh, March 30
The MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, won the Women’s General Efficiency Sports Shield this year again. The award was given in a prize distribution ceremony organised by the Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Cricket: Tejpreet guides APJ Academy to win
Chandigarh, March 30
Tejpreet who scored 50 runs and took a wicket enabled APJ Cricket Academy, Kharar, edge past MCA, Mohali, by 8 runs during the first U-13 Saupin’s Gold Cup Cricket Tournament at MCM DAV College, Sector 36, here today.

Yadav, Manish bowled out Blue Caps
Chandigarh, March 30
Yavad (4 for 17) and Manish (4 for 21) of Mohali Cricket Association Academy destroyed MCM Blue Caps, Sector 36, by 162 runs in the under-16 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament for APJ Trophy being conducted by the Chandigarh Cricket Association on the Guru Nanak Public School ground in Sector 36 today.

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