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Clean chit to Lucky
Chandigarh, April 2
The police today gave a clean chit to CTYC president HS Lucky with regard to the passing of castiest remarks against a Dalit youth at Mauli Jagran.

Missing Girl: Home Secy orders inquiry
But Aashreya in no mood to oblige
Chandigarh, April 2
Even as the Home Secretary ordered an inquiry into the incident of a 13-year-old mentally challenged girl having gone missing from Aashreya-47, the institute authorities seem to be in no mood to cooperate.

Inter-bank ATM transactions hit
An ATM receipt showing failure of transaction Chandigarh, April 2
Though the RBI has directed all banks not to charge fee from ATM users of other banks for cash withdrawals or balance enquiry from April 1, consumers across the region said inter-bank ATM transactions could not be effected. Rajat Khanna, a lawyer, said he tried three ATMs unsuccessfully before he managed to reach his own bank and collect the cash.

An ATM receipt showing failure of transaction

Citco wakes up to hospitality
Chandigarh, April 2
After sprucing up its facade, Citco is finally sparing a thought for its men and planning to train them in something which probably they should have learnt by now -- hospitality.

EC seeks Talwar’s comments on extension
Chandigarh, April 2
The Election Commission today asked for comments from the PGI Director, Dr KK Talwar, who had been given two-year extension after the imposition of the code of conduct.




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COMMUNITY

Irregularities
Admn seeks details from PEC
Chandigarh, April 2
Taking cognizance of fresh complaints against alleged irregularities in the appointment and management of funds in Punjab Engineering College (PEC), UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas has sought relevant details from the authorities.

Disaster Management
Plan spells out risk areas, preparedness
Chandigarh, April 2
Punjab, Haryana and UT secretariats, Punjab and Haryana High Court, residences of Chief Ministers, Governors and other VIPs, police headquarters, hospitals, bus stands and railway station are some of the areas prone to terrorist attacks here. In fact, these along with Sukhna Lake, Sector 17, cinema halls, educational institutions and hospitals, where a large number of people congregate, have been classified as areas vulnerable to terrorist attacks, according to the Chandigarh multi-hazard disaster management plan.

IT
Use city as lab for change: Rodrigues
Chandigarh, April 2
UT Administrator SF Rodrigues today suggested to the Chandigarh IT Cluster of the CII delegation that they used city as a laboratory for change and experimentation with new innovative technologies.

Private crèches in growing demand
Chandigarh, April 2
With the number of working couples on the rise in the city, crèches has not only seen a growth in numbers but also their outlook and services provided by them. Increase in household expenses and changing lifestyle has made working couples feel the need of quality crèches. Even as there are 60-daycare centres run by the Indian Council of Child Welfare (ICCW) in the city, there is apprehension among parents about their condition and environs.





A private daycare centre in Sector 24, Nehru Bhavan, Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Vinay Malik
A private daycare centre in Sector 24, Nehru Bhavan, Chandigarh.

Polling stations to be disabled friendly
Chandigarh, April 2
The Election Commission has issued guidelines for providing assistance to the special voters especially the visually challenged ones. This was stated by a spokesperson of the Chandigarh Administration.

April 7 last date for getting voter ID cards
Chandigarh, April 2
The election wing of the UT administration has fixed April 7 as the last date for applying for the voter identity cards. Those applying after this date won’t be able to cast their votes in the forthcoming parliamentary election scheduled to be held on May 13.

Poll diary
BJP spokesman takes a dig at Cong
Humour and elections go hand in hand. The other day when BJP spokesman Balbir Punj’s attention was drawn to the fact that the “marriage” of various constituents of the Congress-led UPA government had lasted its five-year term, he remarked: The marriage might have lasted five years, yet there were no “issues”. Mediapersons joined him in a hearty laugh.


Judges pedal for a cause
Chandigarh, April 2
Paddling towards water and oil conservation, the Punjab and Haryana High Court judges today rode cycles all the way from the open hand monument to the cricket stadium, and back. The lawyers too joined the judges in their endeavor to turn the wheels of change for bringing about a “go green” movement. The entire exercise was carried out under the banner of Asia Pacific Jurists Association (APJA), along with volunteers of social organisation Yuvsatta.




Punjab and Haryana High Court judges take part in a cycle rally in Chandigarh, on Thursday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan
Punjab and Haryana High Court judges take part in a cycle rally in Chandigarh, on Thursday.

Capt court martialled for assaulting wife
Chandigarh, April 2
In an unusual case, a General Court Martial (GCM) has booted out a captain known to be a psychiatric patient for allegedly assaulting his wife who is also a serving officer in the army, Besides gross misdemeanor including, attempt to murder, the officer was also charged with attempt to suicide.

Hero Honda workers hold rally
Chandigarh, April 2
Workers of Hero Honda Motor Limited today held a rally at Sector 25 rally ground for abolishing the contract system and fulfillment of their other demands.

Milkfed pays heavily for laxity
Coughs up Rs 2.6 cr for land worth 
Rs 28 lakh
Mohali, April 2
After 37 years of allotting 37 acre for a milk plant at Phase VI here, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has transferred the land in name of the plant. The site was cancelled after the authorities concerned did not pay the allotment price.


Verka Milk Plant at Phase VI in Mohali. A Tribune photograph
Verka Milk Plant at Phase VI in Mohali.

Clean chit to Tytler
Riot victims protest
Chandigarh/Mohali, April 2
There was a widespread protest in Chandigarh and Mohali against former Congress minister Jagdish Tytler being given a clean chit by the CBI in connection with the 1984 riots. While the members of different riot affected bodies staged a protest in front of the CBI office in Sector 30, riot victims in Mohali registered their protest at Phase XI gurdwara.
1984 riot victims protest against the orders of the CBI giving a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler at Phase XI in Mohali on Thursday. A Tribune photograph
1984 riot victims protest against the orders of the CBI giving a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler at Phase XI in Mohali on Thursday.

May Fair Society Flats
Authorities fail to provide water
Mohali, April 2
The water supply and sanitation wing of the Department of Public Health has expressed its inability to supply drinking water to newly constructed flats at Sector 70 here as the area was already facing shortage.

Sports body joins stir by blind
Chandigarh, April 2
The National Federation of the Blind today got a shot in the arm with the Neterheen Jagriti Sangh and the Punjab Sports Association of the Blind joining hands to put up a united forum for the cause of the visually-challenged.


Members of the National Federation of the Blind hold a protest in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Thursday. A Tribune photograph
Members of the National Federation of the Blind hold a protest in Sector 34, Chandigarh, on Thursday.

Book on genitourinary imaging released
Chandigarh, April 2
The two-day Genitourinary Imaging Course Series, organised by the radiodiagnosis department of PGI, was inaugurated by director of the institute Prof KK Talwar here today.

Rotary team heads for US
Chandigarh, April 2
A team of four young professionals from different stratas have been selected by the Rotary Foundation for a month-long visit to Mississippi, USA, for a Group Study Exchange programme.

Gamma Knife Therapy
PGI waives Rs 50,000
Chandigarh, April 2
PGI authorities have decided to sort out the issue of huge difference of fee for the patients going under gamma knife therapy while availing the private room facility. While a patient who protested against this illogical difference was extended a waiver of Rs 50,000 the authorities said today that a proposal had been mooted for removing the discrepancy.

Zirakpur flyover closed for an hour
Zirakpur, April 2
Barely two weeks after a snag resulted in partial closing of the Zirakpur flyover for over a week, a similar snag was detected on the flyover late this evening. Though the bridge was closed to traffic for about an hour, sources said a supporter had been provided beneath slab No. 40 so that it takes the load of the traffic.



EDUCATION

Five laptops stolen from PU hostels
Chandigarh, April 2
Theft of five laptops in a single day from the boys’ hostel no. 1 and 7 of Panjab University has shocked both the students and authorities.

Hotel management students get prizes
Chandigarh, April 2
Amidst colourful cultural items, including the Rajasthani pastoral dance and the blend of bhangra, prizes were given away to students at the annual prize distribution of the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, here on Thursday.


Students of the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, after receiving prizes at a function in Chandigarh on Thursday. A Tribune photograph
Students of the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, after receiving  prizes at a function in Chandigarh on Thursday.

Exhibition at Mata Sahib Kaur Nursing College
Mohali,April 2
The first and third year students of the Mata Sahib Kaur College of Nursing organised an exhibition today after visiting the Milk Plant pasteurising unit, Biogas Plant, Sewage Plant, Water Treatment Plant, School for Blinds and Old Age Home.

From Schools & Colleges
Blood donation camp at engg institute
Chandigarh, April 2
To spread the message of “save blood movement” among the masses, the Panjab University non-teaching employees federation in co-ordination with the University Institute of Engineering and Technology organised XVI blood donation camp at University Institute of Engineering and Technology here today.

JAI HO:
It’s celebration time for ‘Hamari Kaksha’ students at a prize distribution function in Sector-7, Chandigarh, on Thursday. A Tribune photograph
JAI HO: It’s celebration time for ‘Hamari Kaksha’ students at a prize distribution function in Sector-7, Chandigarh, on Thursday.


 
NEIGHBOURHOOD

Pbi varsity gets grant for Academic Staff College
Patiala, April 2
In its march towards achieving the title of “potential for excellence”, Punjabi University, Patiala, has achieved another milestone with University Grants Commission having sanctioned Rs 1.25 crore for setting up of an Academic Staff College (ASC) on its campus.

SMO Kurali occupying govt house ‘illegally’
Kharar, April 2
Senior medical officer (SMO), Kurali, had been occupying government quarter at Kharar civil hospital for past 16 months, chagrin of Kharar civil hospital staff members who have to adjust in private accommodations outside the hospital.

UK envoy inaugurates tourism institute
Bassi Pathana, April 2
His Excellency Sir Richard Stagg, High Commissioner of United Kingdom, in India inaugurated Cordia Hospitality and Tourism Management Institute yesterday in nearby town Sanghol.

Theft bid at mushroom factory
Lalru, April 2
The local police registered a case of theft against unidentified persons on the complaint of Satpal Singh, an official of a Dera Bassi-based private factory where mushroom is grown.

Snehil, Randeep named best athletes
Banur, April 2
The 7th athletics meet of the SUS Group of Institutes began today. The meet was inaugurated by Brigadier Labh Singh, chairman Sports Council, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar.

Appointed
Patiala, April 2
The Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Dr Jaspal Singh, has appointed Dr Gurnam Singh as Dean, faculty of arts and culture for a period of two years.



COURTS

Runaway couples
HC wants states to act
Chandigarh, April 2
The high court wants Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to take necessary action on reports prepared by experts on protecting the interests of runaway couples. Some of the suggestions include directions to the registrar of marriages to register such marriages on the basis of prima facie proof of age, identity of parties and marital status.

CRIME

Five youths held for molesting woman
Head constable suspended, SI reprimanded
Chandigarh, April 2
The police today arrested five youngsters, who had created ruckus at Night Food Street and tried to drag a woman from here on March 24, on the charges of molestation.

Man kidnapped over land dispute
Mohali, April 2
In a daring act, Gurmail Singh, UT panchayat samiti member from Khuda Alisher village, was kidnapped near the office of the Deputy Commissioner at Phase I here this evening. The victim, along with his relative Balwinder Singh, was about to sit in his car when about 10 persons pounced upon them and made them forcibly sit in their vehicle.
                                                                          Gurmail Singh
Gurmail Singh

Man decamps with Rs 8,000 from shop
Chandigarh, April 2
An unidentified man in his mid-twenties decamped with a wallet from a shop in Sector 22, where he had gone on the pretext of buying a pair of spectacles, this afternoon.

Minor booked for rape
Panchkula, April 2
A one-and-a-half-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 15-year-old at Azad colony in Sector 21 here this evening.



SPORTS


MCA Academy emerge winners
Mohali, April 2
MCA Cricket Academy, Mohali, got the better of Greenfield Cricket Academy, Mohali, by 4 wickets in a league match of the first under-13 Saupin’s Gold Cup Cricket Tournament on the MCA grounds here today.
Gurpreet of the winning team bowled to restrict Greenfield’s batsmen.


A batsman cuts the ball during a match in Mohali on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu 
A batsman cuts the ball during a match in Mohali on Thursday.

GNPS Academy beat MCM Blue Caps
Chandigarh, April 2
Jaskaran Singh’s ton helped Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS) Academy to drub MCM Blue Caps by 119 runs in a league match of the under-16 Inter-Academy Cricket Tournament on the GNPS grounds here today.

SRF Golf Meet
Gurbaaz, Ranjit exit ends city’s challenge
Chandigarh, April 2
Gurbaaz Mann and Ranjit Singh bowed out of the SRF All-India Professional Golf Championship ending Chandigarh’s challenge in the Rs 20 lakh prize money tournament at the Delhi Golf Club in Delhi today.

Sanjay is badminton club chief
Chandigarh, April 2
The Chandigarh Badminton Club affiliated to the Chandigarh Badminton Association elected city advocate Sanjay Judge as its president while Vijay Pandit (founder of the club) has been elected as the general secretary in a meeting held here today.

 



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