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‘Charitable’ institutes come under tax ambit
Chandigarh, April 1
A day after withdrawing the tax exemption certificate of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA), the income tax department today cracked the whip on 19 trusts and educational societies running a large number of well-known schools and medical and engineering institutes in the tricity and its adjoining areas.

Flow of funds, not education
Chandigarh, April 1
Running schools seem to have become a money minting business. A cursory glance at the balance sheets of some major private schools in the city -- most run by family-owned educational trusts -- reveals that while they have been making crores by way of fee and other funds.



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13-yr-old special girl goes missing from Aashreya
Chandigarh, April 1
Aashreya at Sector 47 has once again run into trouble following the news of a 13-year-old mentally challenged girl having gone missing 15 days ago.


The low-lying wall of Aashreya, Sector 47, Chandigarh, that can be scaled easily. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

The low-lying wall of Aashreya, Sector 47, Chandigarh, that can be scaled easily

Poverty no hurdle for these toppers

Chandigarh, April 1
Everybody knows him as a topper, but Sahil finds it hard to deal with his newly found status as he insists his teachers stay with him while he talks. The sense of winning against all odds is what has made success sweeter for Sahil and his friends Amrit, Aarti and Komal of Government High School at Mani Majra.

EC biased on Varun’s speech issue: BJP
Balbir Punj Chandigarh, April 1
Taking potshots at the Election Commission (EC), the BJP today accused it of working at the behest of “some big power” in the Varun Gandhi hate speech issue. “The case under the National Security Act (NSA) against BJP Pilibhit candidate Varun Gandhi smacks of “political vendetta” and was the result of the minority competitive vote-bank politics between the Congress and the BSP,” BJP spokesman Balbir Punj told a press conference here today.

Bansal blogs it out to attract youth
Chandigarh, April 1
Come elections and politicians find all means to woo voters. However, Union Minister of State for Industries Pawan Kumar Bansal has his eyes fixed on young voters. For that, he is not only blogging and sharing more about himself and his family by coming out with his own website, but also addressing youth issues like never before. In fact, Bansal’s blog on his website www.pawanbansalforchd.com concentrates almost entirely on the youth.

Sir Richard Stagg Situation in Pakistan disturbing: British envoy
Chandigarh, April 1
Growing incidence of terrorist strikes in Pakistan is serious and dangerous. We are very much concerned as it is affecting us, says Sir Richard Stagg, the High Commissioner of Britain to India. Talking to The Tribune here today, the High Commissioner disclosed that the British government has been convincing Pakistan to use its Army for countering insurgency.





COMMUNITY

Casteist Remarks
Dhawan writes to election commission
BSP seeks Lucky’s arrest
Chandigarh, April 1
Even as the Chandigarh Police is waiting for legal opinion on the yesterday’s incident of passing of casteist remarks by CTYC president HS Lucky, BSP candidate Harmohan Dhawan has sent a complaint to the Chief Election Commission (CEC) demanding his immediate arrest.

Lawyers rally behind Dhawan
Chandigarh, April 1
Hundreds of lawyers from the city gathered at Harmohan Dhawan’s residence here today and announced their support to the BSP candidate. Addressing the gathering, Dhawan said he won the elections last time with the support of lawyers and this time, too, their support was crucial.

Not-so-Lucky for Bansal
Chandigarh, April 1
Congress candidate Pawan Bansal’s man Friday and president of the Chandigarh Territorial Youth Congress (CTYC) HS Lucky seems to have landed the sitting MP into trouble again.

Home Minister’s visit tomorrow
Chandigarh, April 1
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram will be in the city on April 3. According to sources, Chidambaram will review security arrangement for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections for Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. He will hold talks with senior civil and police functionaries of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. — TNS

Ajay Arora1 TIMER
Voters must voice their opinion
Politicians have done enough to erode the trust and faith of the masses in democratic institutions. Voters feel disillusioned and are not interested in voting for any candidate as they feel it will not make no difference to their lives. Those elected only concentrate on filling their coffers and fail to work for the betterment of people.

BJP demands transfer of Panchkula DC
Panchkula, April 1
“The district administration was siding with the government and the Panchkula Deputy Commissioner was acting as a Congress worker.” This was alleged by Gian Chand Gupta, a senior BJP leader and election in-charge of Panchkula assembly constituency, at a press conference in Sector 16, here today.

Nano draws people in droves
Chandigarh, April 1
Thousands of people converged on Tata dealerships in Industrial Area here and neighbouring Mohali to catch a glimpse of “people’s car” Tata Nano here today.

 

SBI’s chief general manager Ajay Swaroop (right) unveils Nano at a dealership in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

SBI’s chief general manager Ajay Swaroop (right) unveils Nano at a dealership in Chandigarh

Opening of liquor vend spurs violence
Mohali, April 1
Tension prevailed at Manakpur Sharif village here today after residents resorted to stone throwing in protest against the opening of a liquor vend in the area.

Pt Chaurasia casts divine spell
Chandigarh, April 1
The scintillating spell of music by legendary Padma Vibhushan Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia at the Tagore Theatre here today provided a grand finale to the week-long Chandigarh Art and Heritage Festival.

 

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia performs at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Photo: S Chandan

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia performs at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh


Passengers of the Dehradun-Chandigarh special train are all smiles during the inaugural run of the train from the Chandigarh Railway Station
Passengers of the Dehradun-Chandigarh special train are all smiles during the inaugural run of the train from the Chandigarh Railway Station on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

e wild wild web
Internet vigilantism
Beware of Internet! Someone is watching you and your activities. Now, everything from child abuse to bad customer service can get the online masses whipped into a frenzy of vengeance. India, with its rising cyber population, may too face Internet vigilantism.

IT dept attaches property
Chandigarh, April 1
Income tax officials yesterday attached the plot of Chandigarh-baed residents, Shamsher Singh, Surinder Pal Singh and Paramjeet Singh, at Bishanpura village on the Zirakpur-Ambala highway to recover pending amount of tax to the tune of Rs 6 lakh.

New bishop to take charge tomorrow
Chandigarh, April 1
The Catholic community of Shimla-Chandigarh diocese, covering four states, announced the ordination ceremony of its new bishop today. Rt Rev Ignatius Loyala Mascarenhas will succeed Rt Rev Gerald John Mattias in a ceremony to held on Sacred Heart School campus on April 3.
Ignatius Loyola Masscarenhas, bishop-elect of Shimla-Chanditarh Catholic diocese, addresses a press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
Ignatius Loyola Masscarenhas, bishop-elect of Shimla-Chanditarh Catholic diocese, addresses a press conference in Chandigarh


A tableau during Ram Navami shobha yatra at Sector 21, Chandigarh
A tableau during Ram Navami shobha yatra at Sector 21, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

Artistes from Orissa queue up for their performance on “Utkal Dibas” at Sri Jagannath Temple, Sector 31, in Chandigarh
Artistes from Orissa queue up for their performance on “Utkal Dibas” at Sri Jagannath Temple, Sector 31, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Free gym for Bapu Dham kids
Chandigarh, April 1
Children at the Bapu Dham Colony thronged their student centre with excitement as the ‘Shera Gym’ was inaugurated today by social activist from Japan Kajuihiro Fujiwara.

Importance of meditation discussed
Chandigarh, April 1
A talk on stress free life for its officers and soldiers was organised by the Central Reserve Police Force at Range H.Q. Bahlana yesterday.

Pall appointed Chief Engineer
Chandigarh, April 1
The Chandigarh administration today appointed Surinder Pall, Superintending Engineer (SE) as the Chief Engineer on a temporary basis.

IAS Officer’s Assn mourns Capt’s death
Chandigarh, April 1
The Punjab State IAS Officers Association has expressed anguish at the demise of cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh in a fatal road accident near Kharar on Sunday.

Rajasthan Bhawan election
Chandigarh, April 1
Office-bearers of the Rajasthan Bhawan were elected for the term 2009-2010 at an executive meeting held on March 30. Deepak Bhandari has been elected as president, SS Jagnani as vice-president and Raj Kishore as general secretary.

EDUCATION

PU recommends disaffiliation of ayurvedic college
Chandigarh, April 1
Sri Dhanwanatry Ayurvedic College and hospital, Sector 46, Chandigarh could be in more trouble if allegations of “misuse of premises” allotted to it for the promotion of ayurveda education are proved correct.

PU non-teaching staff decry DC orders
Chandigarh, April 1
The Panjab University non-teaching staff staged a dharna today in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office in protest against the execution of Deputy Commissioner (DC) rates fixed by the Chandigarh Administration from March, 2009. The staff demanded that the authorities should not implement this order, as after this every ad hoc employee will come under the same pay scale whether he/ she is working in the university for long.

First Canadian school in city
Mohali, April 1
“The aim of providing education is to make children the best they possibly can be and also help them to become self-disciplined,” said Linda Beatty, principal of the British Columbia Academy (BCA), the first Canadian off-shore school being set up in this part of the country.


Linda Beatty, principal of the British Columbia Academy
Linda Beatty, principal of the British Columbia Academy

From Schools & Colleges
Dr DN Trikha award for PEC researchers
Chandigarh, April 1
“Prof DN Trikha Excellence in Research Publication Award” is being instituted in the Punjab Engineering College to recognise the faculty members for excellence in research publication through the papers published in referred international journals.

Students from J&K meet IGP
Chandigarh, April 1
The UT Inspector General of Police, SK Jain, yesterday interacted with a group of 27 students from Jammu and Kashmir, who are on “Bharat Darshan” tour initiated by Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Orientation programme
Chandigarh, April 1
The pre-primary wing of AKSIPS, Sector 41-B, organised an orientation programme for the parents. The executive director of the AKSIPS Group of Schools, Jasdeep Kalra, welcomed the parents and shared his thoughts with them. — TNS

 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Immolation bid at Kali Mata temple
Victim succumbs to injuries; traders close shutters
Patiala, April 1
A deceptive calm gripped the city when news of death of Ramesh Kumar Pappu filtered in, leading to the complete closure of shops amid growing tension among residents.

Shopkeepers close their shops apprehending backlash in Patiala on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph


Shopkeepers close their shops apprehending backlash in Patiala

Hotline connection claims three lives in 2 years
Bhari (Bassi Pathana), April 1
Three linemen have lost their lives during the past two years at 66 kV grid of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) situated in the village. The hotline connection provided to two other villages of Bassi Pathana from this grid is responsible for the mishap.

No-confidence motion
Councillors protest against admn
Ambala, April 1
The no-confidence motion against the president of the municipal council has left the councillors and residents with no-confidence in the administration.

Coop societies want regular Asst Registrar
Kalka, April 1
Hundreds of employees of co-operative societies, group housing societies, tube-well societies, milk societies and non-agriculture societies of Kalka, Pinjore, Raipur Rani and Barwala have sought a regular Assistant Registrar (AR) of co-operative societies at Panchkula, as they have been facing much inconvenience due to this.

37 students assured jobs
Bassi Pathana, April 1
The Mehar Baba Charitable Trust (MBCT) today held the valedictory day to award diplomas to 140 students of Lala Kanwal Nain Saluja School of Fashion Designing, Bassi Pathana, and students of Mata Harnam Kaur Learning Centre who completed a six-month training in computer basics and spoken English.

Air Force jawans march at the passing out parade during the change of command at Air Force Station in Ambala Cantt
Air Force jawans march at the passing out parade during the change of command at Air Force Station in Ambala Cantt on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Train runs over man
Dera Bassi, April 1
A man died after being hit by a train on the Ambala-Kalka railway track here today. The deceased has not been identified yet and the body has been kept at Civil Hospital, Dera Bassi for identification.

Brother-in-law booked for rape
Rajpura, April 1
The Rajpura police today booked brother-in-law of a girl who allegedly committed suicide after being repeatedly raped by the accused for the past some time.

One arrested with 1.25 kg smack
Fatehgarh Sahib, April 1
The police had arrested one person with 1.25 kg smack here today. The accused had been identified as Sukhinder Singh alias Maan Singh, a resident of Lohgarh village at Zirakpur.

Crop worth Rs 7 lakh gutted
Lalru, April 1
A sudden fire broke out in the wheat fields spread over 27 acre at Malakpur village today. The owners of the fields, Tarlochan Singh, Baljeet Singh, Jagtar Singh and Randhir Singh, called fire brigades to the spot.

COURTS

Appointment of PEC Registrar
Suman moves HC against cancellation orders
Chandigarh, April 1
Shiv Kumar Suman today asked the Punjab and Haryana High Court to quash the orders cancelling his appointment as Punjab Engineering College Registrar.

CRIME

Man duped of mobile phone; 1 held
Chandigarh, April 1
The police arrested a Delhi resident on charges of duping a man of his mobile phone by replacing it with a dummy phone. The police recovered four mobile phones and 11 dummy phones from his possession, while his accomplice managed to flee.

5 held with stolen railway property
Chandigarh, April 1
A team of Railway Protection Force (RPF) today arrested five persons, including a city-based junk dealer, with 2 tons of stolen railway property.

Thieves strike at Industrial Area shops
Chandigarh, April 1
Thieves struck at a series of shops in Industrial Area, Phase II, and made good with cash and documents.

Four booked for forgery
Panchkula, April 1
The Panchkula police has booked four persons for forgery and impersonation in an attempt to sell the land owned by a Hisar resident.

Youth found dead
Panchkula, April 1
Body of a 24-year-old youth was found under mysterious circumstances lying in the fields of Barwala, here today. The deceased, identified as Rinku, a resident of HMT colony, was missing since yesterday.

One held for snatching
Chandigarh, April 1
A case under Section 379/356 and 411 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered in the Sector-26 Police station, on the complaint of Chote Lal of Sector 26 against Roshan Lal of the same sector, who was caught while snatching a purse containing cash Rs 300 and some documents from the market of Sector 26 on Monday.

Gurdwara chairman told to join probe
Chandigarh, April 1
Additional District and Sessions Judge Raj Shekhar Attri yesterday directed Swaroop Singh, chairman of Gurdwara Sant Sar Sahib, Sector 38, to join investigations while granting him interim relief in a case of forgery lodged against him.

SPORTS

Ropar Assn drub Bharti Vij Academy

Chandigarh, April 1
An unbeaten valiant century of Subir Hyer of Bharti Vij Academy, Sector 28, went in vain as the team was defeated by Ropar Cricket Association Academy by six wickets during the under-16 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament for APJ Trophy being conducted by Chandigarh Cricket Association here on the Guru Nanak Public School ground in Sector 36, on Wednesday.

A batsman plays a sweep shot during a match between Ropar Cricket Association Academy and Bharti Vij Academy, Sector 28, in Chandigarh
A batsman plays a sweep shot during a match between Ropar Cricket Association Academy and Bharti Vij Academy, Sector 28, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik

Haryana pugilists lift trophy
Chandigarh, April 1
Haryana boxers bagged top honours in the 3rd Junior and 4th Youth Women National Boxing Championship held in Panjim, Goa, from March 25 to 30.

Golf Meet
Mann, Ranjit in pre-quarterfinals
Chandigarh, April 1
Big-hitter Gurbaaz Mann and Ranjit Singh of Chandigarh entered the pre-quarter-finals of the SRF All-India Professional Golf Matchplay Championship as one of the top favourites, S.S.P. Chowrasia, bowed out of the Rs 20 lakh prize money tournament at the Delhi Golf Club in Delhi today.

PU Inter-College Meet
SGGS Khalsa College break DAV’s bastion
Chandigarh, April 1
SGGS Khalsa College, Sector 26, broke thirty six year old supremacy of DAV College, Sector 10, as the Panjab University inter-college champion, this year.

 


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